New Delhi, Oct 10: Railway Minister Lalu Prasad will honour 15 Railway sportspersons who represented India at the Beijing Olympics including wrestler Sushil Kumar along with boxers Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar, in the formal opening ceremony of the 56th Senior National Kabbadi championship here on October 12.
The championship will start tomorrow, however, the official opening ceremony will be on October 12 at the Karnail Singh Stadium where Lalu has consented to be the chief guest. Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) Secretary Rakesh Yadav said Lalu has already announced an award of Rs 55 lakh and promotion to the post of ACM in favour of wrestler Sushil. Besides, he is also likely to confer cheques of Rs 30 lakh each to Akhil and Jitender.
Twelve other players from Indian Railways will get Rs two lakh each as well as promotion to the next higher grade.