Neeraj Chopra made India proud after winning the men’s javelin throw and bagging India’s first ever Olympic track and field gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Chopra, 23, managed a winning throw of 87.58 meters in the second attempt, becoming the second Indian to win individual gold and the first to win an athletics medal for the country at the Olympic Games
To celebrate his historic victory, several brands and politicians have announced cash rewards and other awards and perks for the star javelin thrower.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs 6 crore for the 23-year-old athlete from the state, a Class I job in state government and a lot of land at discounted prices. “We’re going to build a center of excellence for athletes in Panchkula, where he’ll be the boss if he wants. He’ll get a 50% concession plot of land like other players,” he added.
The Punjab government has also announced a special cash award of Rs 2 crore for the young athlete. In addition, the Manipur Cabinet paid the Olympic gold medalist a reward of Rs 1 crore, according to a tweet from CM N Biren Singh.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also announced a cash award of Rs 1 crore for the star javelin thrower. The Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings declared a reward of Rs 1 crore.
IndiGo Airlines announced that they will be offering unlimited free travel to Chopra for a period of one year. Mahindra Group’s chairman Anand Mahindra also promised to give Neeraj Chopra a brand new Mahindra XUV700, the industrialist said in a tweet on Saturday.
Chopra signed the second gold medal from an Indian in the individual category of the Olympics after Punjab’s Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in shooting at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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