• Deputy Chief Minister felicitates Para Asian Games Gold medalist in Timarpur
• Hands over cheque of Rs. 1 crore to the Gold medalist
• Coach of the Gold medalist also felicitated by the Deputy Chief Minister

Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Sh. Manish Sisodia on Thursday felicitated Sh. Sharad Kumar for winning Gold medal in the Asian Para Games 2018 in Timarpur. Coach of the player Sh. Ranjeet Kumar was also felicitated on the occasion.

The event was also attended by the local MLA Sh. Pankaj Pushkar.

The event was in continuation of felicitation of the players who have made Delhi proud in different international tournaments. The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister had been felicitating them at their respective place of residence

Sh. Sharad Kumar won gold medal in the recently concluded 3rd Asian Para Games-2018 held in Jakarata (Indonesia) from 6th to 13th October, 2018 He won gold medal in the High Jump event of the tournament.
While Sh. Sharad was handed over a cheque of Rs. 1 crore, his coach received cheque worth Rs. 6 lakhs.

The Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi Government recently revised the amount of cash incentive to the sports-persons for their achievements in the (i) Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (ii) Asian Games and Para Asian Games (iii) Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Games for Para Athletes and their coaches.

The idea of visiting the respective areas of residence of the sports-persons to felicitate them was generated as a mark of respect for these players who make not only Delhi but the country proud. Earlier, such events were held in the closed areas like Secretariat and the players used to visit the Secretariat. Reversing the norm, the Chief Minister or the Deputy Chief Minister and other stakeholders of the government now go to the areas of residence of the players and felicitate them in the presence of local residents.

Delhi government has been working for overall development of sports and sporting facilities in Delhi. Apart from working on the infrastructure development for sports, huge increase in the prize money for the sports-persons, it has also launched schemes for continued support for sports-persons and budding talents.

The Delhi government has introduced a scheme, “Mission Excellence”, to support 100 top level sports-persons, per annum, for receiving training and coaching to prepare them to compete in International tournaments and championships and achieve sporting Excellence. They will be provided a financial support of maximum Rs. 16.00 lakhs per annum.

The second scheme, “Play & Progress”, is meant to support school students of two age categories i.e. Under 14 and Under 17 to encourage them in excelling in the field of sports and prepare them to compete in international tournaments; National championships; National Games and achieve excellence in sports. They will be provided a financial assistance of up to Rs. 2.00 lakhs and Rs. 3.00 lakhs per annum for their needs.

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