Tokyo Olympics: Punjab CM Capt. Amrinder Singh invites Neeraj Chopra and others for dinner, promises to cook for them – Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh has offered to cook dinner for the Indian athletes after they made history at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics. Singh was in attendance as the state of Punjab greeted all the medal winners from the state including Neeraj Chopra who has roots in the state. Chopra created history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold at the track and field events at the Olympics.
Amrinder Singh took to Twitter and revealed that he had invited all the Tokyo Olympics athletes from Punjab for dinner and had promised to cook for them. Singh wrote, “Happy to meet our Olympic superstars during the felicitation ceremony this evening. Have promised them that I will cook for them and will host them for dinner soon. India is proud of all of them.” Singh also promised that all medallists will be offered jobs by the Punjab Government and schools and roads will be renamed in their honour.
Happy to meet our Olympic superstars during the felicitation ceremony this evening. Have promised them that I will cook for them and will host them for dinner soon. India is proud of all of them. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/UoVxKpEZr6
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) August 12, 2021
India clinched their best ever medal tally at the Olympics, winning seven medals in Tokyo. Neeraj Chopra bagged a historic gold, with Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Mirabai Chanu clinching silver. PV Sindhu, Lovlina Borgohain, Bajrang Punia and the Men’s hockey team came home with bronze medals.
The hockey team, in particular, has a host of players from Punjab, with captain Manpreet Singh also hailing from the state. The Olympic Games medal winners and participants from Punjab were felicitated, given cash awards in a grand ceremony in Chandigarh. Neeraj Chopra, who is from Haryana but has roots in Punjab, was offered a cash reward of ₹ 2.51 crore, an increase from the earlier 2 crore promise. The 11 players from the Indian men’s hockey team that won the bronze were also rewarded with ₹ 2.51 crore each as per Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi.
Sodhi also revealed that women’s hockey duo Reena Khokhar and Gurjit Kaur and discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur were also given ₹ 50 lakh each. Simranjit Kaur, Anjum Moudgill and Angadveer Singh, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor and Gurpreet Singh and paralympic badminton player Palak Kohli were awarded ₹ 21 lakh each. The overall outlay was estimated to be above a staggering ₹ 32 crore.