Olympics bronze medallist wrestler Sakshi Malik claimed on Saturday that she has not yet received the incentives promised to her by the Haryana government after her historic medal at the Rio Games.
Cash rewards and incentives amounting to at least Rs 2.5 crore were announced by the Haryana government after Sakshi created history at the Rio Games last year by becoming the first woman wrestler from India to win an Olympic medal.
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The Government of Haryana – Sakshi's state – had announced before the Olympics that Rs 6 crore will be given to gold medallists, Rs 4 crore will be given to silver medallist and Rs 2.5 crore will be given to bronze winners.
The 24-year-old girl from Rohtak had clinched a bronze medal in the 58 kg freestyle category at Rio last year.
This however isn’t the first time a wrestler has complained of not getting rewards promised by the Haryana government. Geeta Phogat and her sisters were supposed to receive Rs 40-50 lakh from the Haryana government as cash reward more than four years ago. But they are still waiting.
(With inputs from PTI)