Medal winners likely to get cash incentive from UNION Government
By our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 17: The Union Government is considering to provide cash incentives to the Indian athletes who won medals at the 12th South Asian Games. As per the plan, each gold medal winner will be richer by Rs three lakh while the athletes, who won silver and bronze medals, will be awarded Rs 2 lakh and one lakh respectively.
In a brief interaction with the media, Union Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav said that a golden page in the history of Northeastern region was written with the successful conduct of South Asian Games.
He also gave credit to Assam and Meghalaya for holding the Games within a very short period of time. “Atleast two years are required for the preparation of this type of Games. However, we barely got six months this time but I am happy that the Games has been organized without any problem,” said Yadav.
Meanwhile, organizing committee of the 12th South Asian Games has decided to repair all the existing shooting equipment at Kahilipara Shooting Range. It will be done as per the legacy plan taken by the organizing committee. On the other hand, to keep alive Tikhor, the mascot of the 12th South Asian Games, two parks are being planned at Guwahati University and North Eastern Hill University at Shillong respectively.
Meanwhile, all the participating teams of the 12th South Asian Games today left the city with a fond memories of the Games. Top officials of the organizing committee were present at the Gopith Bordoloi Airport to bid adieu to the players and officials.