Sunday, August 17, 2008

Haryana showers prizes on boxers

THE HARYANA government has showered prizes on it players competing at the ongoing Olympics. They are yet to win a medal but Akhil Kumar and Jitender, finalist and quarter finalist in the boxing event, have been rewarded Rs 25 lakh each by the State government. Lavishing praise on Akhil and Jitender for putting up such a fine performance, Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the medal-winning boxers among the three would be made Deputy Superintendent of Police. Jitender and Akhil have advanced to the quarter final and final of the 51 Kg and 54 Kg category respectively and are just a few shots away from the medal. The chief minister congratulated both these boxers on their fine performance and urged all the participating players hailing from Haryana to concentrate on performance and do their best to clinch medals. He said the State government would appreciate their efforts and suitably reward their achievements.

The Haryana government has already announced a Rs 2-crore reward for State athletes who win gold medals at the Olympics. Silver medallists would get Rs 1 crore and bronze winners would get Rs 50 lakhs.

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