Amending the policy for para-athletes to make them eligible for more cash awards, sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday handed over 1.82 crore to the medallists of the para-badminton World Championship.
As per the amended guidelines, medal winners in world events and world championship “which are organized by International Paralympic Committee as well as in events that are not organized by IPC, but organized by respective International Sports Federation and recognized by International Olympic Committee, will be eligible for cash awards from the government.”
It has also been decided that medal winners will be given their cash awards under the changed guidelines are para-badminton players, who have won 12 medals at the recently-concluded World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.
IPC doesn’t organize para-badminton events, and under the previous guidelines these players would not be eligible for cash awards from the government.
The medal winners mate the sports minister over lunch at the Sports Authority of India and were handed over the cheques.
While the gold medal winners took home 20 lakh, the silver medalists were given 14 lakhs and bronze winners 8 lakh each.
Winners in the double events won 15 lakh, 10.5 lakh each and 6 lakh for bronze.
Rijiju said, “We want to ensure that all athletes are provided the same facilities by the government. The para-badminton team has performed very well and brought glory to the country, they deserve to be rewarded for their hard work.”