Haryana to give Rs 2 cr to Olympics gold medalist

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Chandigarh, Jul 29 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced to award Rs two crore to those sports persons of the state who would win gold medal in Olympic games.

The winner of silver medal would get Rs one crore and Rs 50 lakh would be awarded to the winner of bronze medal, the Chief Minister said.

"As the Beijing Olympics are drawing near, this decision of the government would further inspire the sports persons of Haryana to prepare for the big event with more dedication and bring laurels to the state and the nation," he said.

"The Haryana Government has already taken a number of decisions to give incentives to sports persons and create infrastructure of sports in the state," Mr Hooda said.

The state government has also liberalised its mini stadium scheme as now the Gram Panchayat would have to provide only five per cent of the construction cost of stadium along with free land to get a stadium developed in the village. Earlier, the Panchayats were required to contribute 50 per cent of the construction cost of the stadium.

Sports stadia are being constructed in 160 villages to provide an opportunity to the people living in rural areas to take interest in games.

He said that the number of sports nurseries set up to groom promising young players had been increased from 20 to 34. "These nurseries are benefiting 645 players by providing them free board and lodging, sports kit and training facilities," he added.

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