TN govt hikes prize money for those sportspersons

Chennai: Sportspersons in Tamil Nadu have reason to rejoice as the state government today announced a hike in prize money awarded to medal winners in Olympics, Asian, Commonwealth, South Asian and National Games.

The prize money for gold, silver and bronze medal winners in Olympics has been doubled and they will get Rs two crore, Rs one crore and Rs 50 lakh respectively, an official release said.

As for Asian and Commonwealth Games, gold, silver and bronze medallists will get Rs 50 lakh (earlier Rs 20 lakh), Rs 30 (from Rs 15 lakh) and Rs 20 lakh (Rs 10 lakh) respectively, it said.

The biggest hike is for winners in South Asian and National Games as gold medalists will now get Rs five lakh from the earlier Rs one lakh. Silver-medallists will get Rs three lakh (earlier Rs 50,000) and bronze winners will be awarded Rs two lakh (Rs 25,000).

Winners in team games of South Asian and National Games will get Rs five lakh (from Rs 20,000), Rs three lakh (from Rs 15,000) and Rs two lakh (from Rs 10,000) for clinching gold, silver and bronze medals respectively, it said.


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