Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren Announces Rs 50L Award for Goalkeeper Deepika Kumari; Rs 2 cr for state Olympic gold winner

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren Announces Rs 50L Award for Goalkeeper Deepika Kumari;  Rs 2 cr for state Olympic gold winner

Ranchi, July 3: Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren announced on Saturday a cash reward of 50 lakh rupees for star goalkeeper Deepika Kumari, who took a hat-trick of gold medals as India made an unprecedented clean sweep on the Stage. 3 of the World Cup in Paris last month for a perfect preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in less than a month.

The prime minister also declared cash prizes of Rs 2 crore for winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics to be held from July 23 to August 8, Rs 1 crore for winning silver and Rs 75 lakh for bronze for players. of Jharkhand.

For archers Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari, Soren announced a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh each, while for coach Purnima Mahto Rs 12 lakh.

For Nikki Pradhan and Salima Tete who have been selected into the Indian hockey team for the Olympics, Soren announced Rs 5 lakh each.

“The Chief Minister announced cash prizes for our champions.

Deepika – Rs 50 lakhs, Anikta and Komalika – Rs 20 lakh each, Salima and Nikki – Rs 5 lakh each and Coach Purnima Mahto Rs 12 lakhs.

“CM also announced cash rewards for winning Olympic medals – Gold – Rs 2 crore, Silver – Rs one crore and Bronze – Rs 75 lakhs,” the Chief Minister’s office said.

The CM also interacted virtually with the players and the winner of Dronacharya, Punima Mahato.

India’s star goalkeeper Deepika Kumari regained the number one position in the world rankings last month after her gold medal hat-trick in stage 3 of the World Cup here.

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The 27-year-old Ranchi, who had reached the top spot for the first time in 2012, had won gold medals in three recurring events: women’s singles, teams and mixed pairs.

“This will take Deepika to the number one spot in the world rankings on Monday,” World Archery tweeted in its official name after Deepika’s gold rush.

Deepika first teamed up with Ankita Bhakat and Komalika Bari to clinch the women’s recurve team gold with a comfortable victory over Mexico.

Nikki Pradhan and Salima Tete: Two girls from Jharkhand will be part of India’s 16-member women’s hockey team for the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8 and Jharkhand called it a “moment of pride ” for the state.

Jharkhand is known for producing world-class female goalkeepers and hockey players.

“It is a proud moment for us as our girls Nikki Pradhan and Salima Tete reach the final of 16. Best wishes to Team India and our girls from Jharkhand. May the team come out in bright colors,” he had tweeted Chief Minister Soren.

Pradhan hails from the village of Hesal in the tribal heart of Khunti, about 65 km from the state capital, Ranchi.

Although she learned the hockey stick at a young age, she honed her skills at the Bariatu Girls’ Hockey Center, Ranchi, which also produced former Indian hockey captain Asunta Lakra.

The 27-year-old Indian women’s hockey team midfielder Pradhan previously became the first female hockey player from Jharkhand to participate in the Olympics when she played for India at the Rio Games.

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While Nikki is a seasoned midfielder in the Indian team, the young Indian women’s hockey team midfielder Salima Tete, who debuted for India in early 2017 against Belarus, was touted as the next big thing in Indian hockey.

Tete, 19, hails from a small village in Simdega district, Jharkhand, and has since shown her potential on the Indian team.

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Published on: Saturday, July 03, 2021, 05:51 p. M. IST

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