Sports Ministry announces cash awards for Paralympic medallists
India has dispatched its largest-ever contingent of 17 athletes to Rio Paralympics that starts on September 7. The Sports Ministry on Tuesday introduced that Rio Paralympic medallists could be given coins awards.“The coins award is at par with medalists of Olympics,” it said. “Gold medallists of #Paralympic Video games are entitled to Rs. 75 Lacs, Silver Rs. 50 Lacs & Bronze Rs. 30 Lacs as coins award from MYAS (sic),” the Ministry tweeted from its legitimate handle. India has sent its biggest-ever contingent of 17 athletes to the Paralympics, that’s starting on Wednesday. Devendra Jhajharia, India’s first Paralympic gold medallist (Athens 2004), may be eyeing a medal in the javelin throw event in the F46 class. The Indian squad: Mariyappan Thangavelu (high bounce), Varun Singh Bhati (excessive bounce), Pooja (archery), Sharad Kumar (excessive solar), Rampal Chahar (high bounce), Sundar Singh Gurjar (javelin throw), Devendra Jhajaria (javelin throw), Rinku (javelin throw), Narender Ranbir (javelin throw), Sandeep (javelin throw), Amit Kumar Saroha (membership throw), Deepa Malik (shot placed), Dharambir (membership throw), Ankur Dhama (1500 metres), Basha Farman (powerlifting), Suyash Narayan Jadhav (swimming) and Naresh Kumar Sharma (capturing) contain the squad.