Haryana Govt to honour Commonwealth Games winners

The Commonwealth Games has boosted the image of Haryana due to the brilliant performance of its players.The state government will continue its efforts to provide the best possible infrastructure and support to sportsperson, said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda while speaking to mediapersons here this morning. The government would honour the winners with cash rewards at a special function at Sonepat on November 1, he said. The results at the games were overwhelming. Though the population of the state was just two per cent of the total population of the country, a major share of medals had been won by sportspersons of Haryana.
The Chief Minister said some credit for the success went to the government’s sports policy. His government had recruited 11 sportspersons to the DSP rank in the past six years. Haryana had recently launched a project named “Play for India” under which young talent had been identified and selected for training for competitions at the national as well as the international level. Also, it was commitment and dedication on the part of sportsmen of the state that had resulted in their super performance at the Games. The state government had constructed as many as 117 sports stadia in rural areas in the past few years and would try to set up sports academies in the districts too. While those winning the gold medal would be given a cash reward of Rs 15 lakh, the silver and bronze medallists would get Rs 10 and Rs 5 lakh, respectively. The coaches would also be honoured with cash rewards of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 3 lakh on Haryana Day.

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