Haryana Government showers cash reward on Olympics Heroes

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Bhiwani, Aug 30 (UNI) Thousand eyes waiting for a glance of the shining stars of the Beijing Olympics got some relief when they saw the youth icons Vijender Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Akhil Kumar, Jitender Kumar, Saina Nehwal and the swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag at a public reception organised by the Haryana Government at the Bhim Stadium here today.

The chief guest of the function Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, while briefing the large number of crowd announced cash rewards to the players, who showed a world class performance in the Olympics.

''I was also a sportsman and I appreciate the work done by them,'' the chief minister said.

He said, ''Bronze medallist Vijender Kumar is allowed to ask any post like DSP or the Deputy Director in the Haryana Police and a plot wherever he wants.'' Appreciating the prowess of the boxers Akil, Jitender, Dinesh Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt along with bronze medallist wrestler Sushil, Hooda decided to give away the post of DSP to them also.

Cash award of Rs 50 lakh to Vijender; Rs 25 lakh each to Akhil, Jitender, Yogeshwar, gold medallist Abhinav Bindra, Sushil, Saina; Rs 11 lakh each to discuss throwers Krisha Punia, shooter Sanjeev Rajput, boxer Dinesh and a momento was presented to Sehwag by Hooda.

Others who were present at the event were Minister of State for Tourism and Forest Kiran Chaudhury, Congress MP Dipender Singh Hooda and MP Naveen Jindal.

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