Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated the Indian para badminton team for a ‘remarkable’ performance at the BWF World Championship, saying their performance is motivating. India finished with 12 medals, including three gold at the championship.
“130 crore Indians are extremely proud of the Indian Para Badminton contingent … Congratulations to the entire team, whose success is extremely gladdening and motivating. Each of these players is remarkable,” tweeted Narendra Modi.
On Tuesday, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju handed over cheques worth Rs 1.82 crore to para-badminton world championship winners.
The gold medal winners got Rs 20 lakh each while silver and bronze medallist took home Rs 14 lakh and Rs 8 lakh respectively. Winners in doubles events were given Rs 15 lakh each for gold, Rs 10.5 lakh each for silver and Rs 6 lakh each for bronze.
Ace shuttler PV Sindhu who became the first Indian to win a gold medal at the BWF World Championships was also awarded Rs 10 lakhs by Rijiju.
Rijiju had said that the para-badminton team brought glory to the country and deserved to be rewarded.
“We want to ensure that all athletes are meted out the same facilities by the government. The para-badminton team has performed very well and brought glory to the country. They deserve to be rewarded for their hard work,” Rijiju had said.
Manasi Joshi had bagged her maiden title in the Para World Badminton Championship as she defeated three-time world champion Parul Parmar 21-12, 21-7