WB govt felicitates sportpersons

Updated: Jun 19, 2012, 19:05 PM IST

Kolkata: Bharat Chetri, who will lead the Indian hockey team at next month`s London Olympics, was among the 556 sportpersons who were awarded with a total purse of Rs 30 lakh during a feliciation ceremony by the West Bengal government at the Netaji Indoor stadium on Tuesday.

The Darjeeling-born Chetri along with 25 former sportpersons of international repute were given INR 50,000 each.

There were also cash rewards for 530 sportpersons who had won medals at various age-group events at the national level.

"We want to encourage the budding sportpersons of this state. We hope they go on to achieve something and remember this day as a milestone in their respective careers," Sports Minister Madan Mitra said.

The Awardees:
Rahul Banerjee (archery), Ramnath Banerjee (paralympic athletics), Shakti Majumder (boxing), Naresh Kumar (tennis), Sobhita Chatterjee (shooting), Laxmikanta Das (weightlifting), Shabbir Ali, Prodyut Barman, Sanat Seth, Arun Ghosh, Prasanta Sinha, Paltu Roy, Ahmed Khan (football), Kuntal Roy, Pranab Banerjee (athletics), Bholanath Guin (kabaddi and weightlifting), Indu Puri (table tennis), Keshav Dutt, Yashvant Rajput, Bharat Chetri (hockey), Gorachand Sil, Suhash Chatterjee (waterpolo), Subrabhat Chakraborty, Tarit Sett (cycling); Posthumously: Monotosh Roy (body building), Sachin Nag (swimming).