Mamata felicitates Railways athletes for CWG success

New Delhi: World champion grappler Sushil Kumar and discus thrower Krishna Poonia along with 25 other Railways sportspersons were felicitated today by Rail Minister Mamata Banerjee for clinching medals in the Commonwealth Games here.

Banerjee, flanked by Railway Board Chairman Vivek Sahay, handed over cheques and trophies to the athletes, who claimed
honour in different disciplines of the October 3-14 Delhi

Gold medal winners received Rs 10 lakh, while the silver
medallists became richer by Rs six lakh and bronze medallists
Rs four lakh.

Out of total 101 medals that India claimed in the Delhi
Games, Railways players contributed 25, including 13 golds and
three silvers.

Besides Sushil and Poonia, the Railways` gold medallists
include woman shooter Anisha Sayyed, ace archer Dola Banerjee,
weightlifter Renubala Chanu and boxer Paramjit Samota.

"The Railways family as well as the nation is very proud
of them. I hope they will continue with their good performance
in the days to come, including the Asian and Olaympic Games,"
Banerjee said after the award ceremony.

"If the players get support in this way, I am sure that
more athletes will come up and will do well in the coming
Olympic Games also," Sushil Kumar said.

Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) also announced cash
awards for the successful athletes.

RSPB will give Rs five lakh, three lakh and two lakh for
gold, silver and bronze respectively.

More than 90 sportspersons from the Railways took part in
the Commonwealth Games, where India finished second in the
medal tally.