The Manipur government has announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for Neeraj Chopra who won a historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
As a token of appreciation, the Manipur cabinet decided to honour the Javelin thrower who won India’s first-ever gold in athletics at the Olympics.
Informing the decision, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh tweeted: “On this historic day where India bagged an Olympic gold medal in an athletic event after 100 years, the Manipur state cabinet has decided to honour the Javelin throw gold medallist Neeraj Chopra by extending a reward of Rs 1 crore. Congratulations on this historic win, Neeraj.”
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra became the first track and field athlete from the country to win a gold at the showpiece event. He threw the javelin to a distance of 87.58m at the Olympics to pick up the gold medal.
With Neeraj’s feat, India won seven medals in the multi-sporting event at Tokyo, it’s best-ever performance.
In Tokyo 2020, Mirabai Chanu (silver), Bajrang Punia (bronze), PV Sindhu (bronze), Lovlina Borgohain (bronze), men’s hockey team (bronze), and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) have also won medals.
The Indian Olympic Association (I0A) secretary general Rajeev Mehta congratulated all the Indian athletes who won medals in the Tokyo Games.
“First of all, please allow me to congratulate each and every one of you for a successful Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Team India’s participation in the Olympics couldn’t have ended on a sweeter note, with our brave athlete Neeraj Chopra bringing home our first gold medal in athletics – track and field, first gold medal of the Tokyo Olympic Games and second individual gold medal,” Rajeev Mehta said in a statement.
Neeraj Chopra is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events.