Tamil Nadu announces cash incentives for Asian Games medal winners

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The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday has announced cash incentives for four sportspersons from the State who won medals in the ongoing 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami lauded athlete Arokia Rajiv, member of the silver medal-winning 4X400m mixed relay team for his feat and announced ₹30 lakh.

“I convey my hearty congratulations to you on behalf of the people and Government of Tamil Nadu on your splendid achievement,” Palaniswami said in a letter to Rajiv.

Rajiv has made the State and India proud with his achievement, he added.

Recalling that the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had enhanced the high cash incentive to sportspersons bagging silver medals in international events, Palaniswami said Rajiv was now “eligible” to get this incentive of ₹ 30 lakh.

The chief minister also announced a cash incentive of ₹20 lakh each to three table tennis players G Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A Amalraj for winning bronze medals in the Asiad. He conveyed his wishes to the trio in separate letters to them.

Three of them would be given a cash incentive of as per enhanced “High Cash Incentive” given to those winning bronze medals in international events, he said.

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