Olympics standard medals to be given at National Games

A staggering sum of Rs 1.4 crore will be spent on the purchase of medals, to be of the Olympics standards, for the 34th National Games from February 12 to 26, an official said on Tuesday.

Updated: Jan 11, 2011, 17:42 PM IST

Ranchi: A staggering sum of Rs 1.4 crore
will be spent on the purchase of medals, to be of the Olympics
standards, for the 34th National Games from February 12 to 26,
an official said on Tuesday.

Insisting that the forthcoming event will be a historic
one, the Deputy Chief Minister and Sports Minister of
Jharkhand, Sudesh Mahato said the State will take every step
to make the competition a memorable affair.

"For this (National Games) not only the best
infrastructure has been erected at a cost of about Rs 800
crore but also the medals to be presented to the winners will
be of the Olympics standards made at a cost of about Rs 1.4
crore," Mahato told reporters.

The yellow metal, which is supposed to be the cynosure of
the participating athletes will be worth Rs 5,500 each, said
Nitin Madan Kulkarni, the official spokesman of the Games.

All in all, an order for 845 gold, 845 silver and 945
bronze medals has been placed with Kolkata based Security,
Printing and Minting Corporation of India, Kulkarni added.

The event, which has been marred by the corruption
allegations and frequent delays, is supposed to host over
12,000 contestants, delegates and media personnel across the
country, including dignitaries from various fields.

Emphasising the government`s keen interest to absolve
itself of all the allegations, Mahato said, "We will show the
country our preparations, commitment and skills, besides our
rich culture and heritage, which is entirely different from
the perception built by some of the wrong people."

The State had earlier asked the cricket captain of the
Indian team M S Dhoni to grace the occasion as the chief
guest, a request which he rightly obliged.

PTI