Neeraj Chopra won India’s first Gold Medal at the Olympics since 2008.
August 7, 2021 – The date will etched in history forever in India’s sporting folklore. The day began with Aditi Ashok missing out on a medal by only a stroke in Golf and then wrestler Bajrang Punia won the Bronze medal. However, the best moment of the day and the whole Olympics came for the country when Neeraj Chopra won the Gold medal in Javeline Throw.
The BCCI has already announced Rs 1 crore reward for Neeraj for his exceptional effort and has also rewarded the other medal. Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has also announced Rs 1 crore reward for India’s gold medallist.
“As a mark of appreciation and honour on his stellar achievement, CSK is awarding Rs. 1 Crore to Neeraj Chopra,” CSK mentioned on its official website. The franchise will also create a special jersey with number 8758 as a mark of respect to Neeraj. The athlete delivered a massive throw of 87.58 metres in the final which won him the elusive Gold medal.
His effort has inspired the millions, says CSK spokesperson
The CSK spokesperson lauded Neeraj Chopra for his tremendous effort in Tokyo Olympics and also said that his medal will definitely inspire a lot of people in India to take up the sport.
“We as Indians are proud of Neeraj Chopra as his effort at Tokyo 2020 will inspire millions of Indians to take up sport and instill belief in them to be able to compete and excel at the highest level in any discipline of the sport. His Gold medal winning throw of 87.58m in the Men’s Javelin has galvanized the entire nation,” the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, India’s overall performance in Tokyo Olympics has also been the country’s best ever. India won 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals and a lot of medals were missed, with many finishing fourth in their sport and category. As far as the rewards are concerned, apart from Neeraj, BCCI also awarded the other medallists announcing prize money of Rs 50 lakh each for Silver medal winners and Rs 25 lakh each for those won Bronze.
Moreover, the whole Indian Men’s Hockey team was also awarded a whopping Rs 1.25 crore for winning the Bronze Medal beating Germany in a thrilling encounter.