Rewards pour in for Sushil Kumar
New Delhi (PTI): Rewards started pouring in for Sushil Kumar who won bronze medal in Beijing Olympics today with the Railway Ministry and Delhi Government announcing cash awards to a total of Rs 1.05 crores for the wrestler.
Minutes after Kumar clinched the bronze medal beating Kazakhstan's Leonid Spiridonov in men's freestyle wrestling 66kg class, Railway Minister announced that the grappler will be promoted as a Assistant Commercial Manager from ticketing inspector.
Prasad also announced a cash reward of Rs 55 lakh for Kumar, who is employed with the Railways.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also announced a Rs 50 lakh reward for the wrestler, who hails from Najafgarh in south-west Delhi.
Besides the cash reward, Dikshit also said Satpal, Kumar's trainer who is employed with Delhi Government's Sports Department, will be given an out-of-turn promotion.
"Congratulations to everybody, to Delhi specially. This boy has done remarkably well. He comes from rural Delhi, comes from a government school which makes us doubly proud," Dikshit said.
She said she could not believe that Kumar had won the medal even though everybody was hoping that something will happen. "But we did not expect we will get a bronze."
"I thought my heart has stopped for a minute because I could not believe what I was hearing. The joy and tears have been so spontaneous," she said.
Sushil is only the second Indian grappler to win the wrestling bronze after Kashabha Jadhav had returned with the medal in 1952 Helsinki Games. Shooter Abhinav Bindra has won the first-ever Olympic gold medal for the country earlier at the Beijing Games.
The Haryana government also chipped in with Rs. 25 lakh cash reward for Sushil.
Congratulating Sushil, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the Delhi wrestler has done the country proud by his stupendous feat.
The Chief Minister also announced a cash reward of Rs. 25 lakh to woman shuttler Sania Nehwal who had reached the quarterfinals in the singles competition in Beijing Olympics.
Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan announced Rs 25 lakh for Sushil who was being sponsored by Steel Authority of India (SAIL) for the Beijing Olympics.
Even private companies joined in rewarding Sushil, with RK Global Shares and Securities Limited announcing Rs 5 lakh for the Delhi wrestler.
RK Global Managing Director Ramesh Kumar Bhagchandka said his company would give Rs 5 lakh to Sushil.
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