Since the moment Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra scripted history by winning gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, rewards have been raining for the 23-year-old for his stellar performance at the showpiece event.
Neeraj had secured India’s second individual gold in Olympic history after a throw of 87.58 metres in the final on Saturday.
After he created history, the Patiala athlete has been honoured by several state governments and private organisations for his achievement.
First of all, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar announced a cash reward of Rs 6 crore and also promised that the 23-year-old will be made head of the upcoming Centre for Excellence in Athletics in Panchkula.
“As per our sports policy, Neeraj Chopra will get a cash reward of Rs 6 crore, a Class-I job and a piece of plot of land at concessional rates,” Khattar said.
Meanwhile, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh announced a special cash reward of Rs 2 crore for Neeraj beside saying that it was a proud moment for India and all Punjabis, since the family of Chopra, traces its roots to Punjab.
Similarly, the Manipur government announced to award Neeraj a reward of Rs 1 crore.
Manipur CM said, “On this historic day where India bagged an Olympic Gold medal in an athletic event after 100 years, the Manipur State Cabinet has decided to honour the Javelin throw Gold medalist @Neeraj_chopra1 by extending a reward of Rs 1 Crore. Congratulations on this historic win, Neeraj.”
Also, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a cash reward of Rs 1 crore for him and Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings also announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for the athlete.
“As a mark of appreciation and honour on his stellar achievement, CSK is awarding Rs. 1 Crore to Neeraj Chopra,” the CSK said in a statement.
On the other hand, Indian airliner IndiGo has announced that it will offer unlimited free travel for one year to Chopra.
Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra and Mahindra, has also announced to give a brand new XUV 700 to Chopra when he returns to India.
Realty firm Elan group Chairman Rakesh Kapoor has announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh for the star athlete.