Asiad medallists Merchant, Mehta get cash awards

Mumbai: Cueists Aditya Mehta and Yasin Merchant have been presented cash awards by the Maharashtra Government for finishing among the medal winners in the November 12-27 Guangzhou Asian Games.

Also getting recognised for his role in the shaping of the Indian squad was coach Sanjay Sawant, a media release said here on Monday.

While 25-year-old Mehta got Rs 12.5 lakh for picking up a team silver and an individual bronze in snooker, former Asian champion Merchant pocketed Rs 7.5 lakh for being part of the silver medal winning team that was completed by Brijesh Damani. Sawant got Rs 1.5 lakh.

These cash awards were given away last week at Pune` Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex, it said.

The Billiards and Snooker Association of Maharashtra had written to the Government to pave way for the honours, the release added.


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