Haryana Government announced a whopping Rs 6 crore cash reward and a Grade 1 government job for Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra as he became the first Indian to win gold medal in athletics at Olympic Games when he clinched first position at Tokyo 2020 with a throw of 87.58 metres in the javelin competition.
"We will be building a Centre of Excellence for athletes in Panchkula, where he will be the head if he wants. He will be given a plot with 50% concession, like other players," said Haryana CM ML Khattar.
The star athlete from Panipat district in Haryana created histiry after he clinched the gold in javelin throw with an attempt of 87.58 metres, becoming only the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.
Congratulating Chopra for his triumph, Khattar said he not only won the medal, but also won the heart of the whole country.
"The country was waiting for this moment for a long time and the whole country is proud of him," he said.
Neeraj Chopra will be given Rs 6 crore & a class I category job as per our policy. We will be building a Centre of Excellence for athletes in Panchkula, where he will be the head if he wants. He will be given a plot with 50% concession, like other players: Haryana CM ML Khattar pic.twitter.com/ZubViQdSQ1— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2021
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also congratulated Neeraj for his historuc feat in Tokyo. "Gold! Neeraj Chopra... you have created history and made the whole country proud," the Chief Minister tweeted. "Your 87.58 m winning throw today will be part of the legends of the Track and Field arena. India owes you! Jai Hind," he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too extended his wishes to he javelin thrower and said "History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold. #Tokyo2020," tweeted PM Modi.
Neeraj began his quest for a medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of the first attempt.
He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m. While he wasn't able to improve any further, it was enough to get him the coveted medal. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events.
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