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Government of India
Ministry of Railways
09-December-2010 19:13 IST
Railway Minister gives away Cash Awards to Railway Sports Persons who won Medals for India in Asain Games-2010
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The Minister of Railways, Mamata Banerjee felicitated railway players in the Indian contingent who won medals for India in the 16th Asian Games-2010, which was held recently in Guangzhou, China from 12th to 27th  November 2010, at a function here today. Mamata Banerjee also gave away special Minister’s Awards for Railway players winning medals in the Asian Games 2010 which were announced by her earlier.  The Minister’s awards are Rs. 10 lakh for Gold Medal winner, Rs. 6 lakh for Silver Medal winner and Rs. 4 lakh for Bronze Medal winner.  These awards are in addition to the awards given by Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB).  The awards given by the RSPB are Rs. 5 lakh for Gold,   Rs. 3 lakh for Silver and Rs. 2 lakh for Bronze and other incentives as admissible. In this way, a Gold Medal winner gets Rs. 15 lakh, Silver winner Rs. 9 lakh and a Bronze winner Rs. 6 lakh. She also presented a memento, a shawl and an appreciation  letter to each medal winning Railway player on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Mamata Banerjee said that Railway family and the nation are very proud of these players who have brought glory to the county. She said that the Ministry of Railway will soon formulate new sports policy which will further promote the cause of sports and games so that Railways is able to produce many more talented sports persons. She said that the new policy should be formulated in such a way so that it provides sufficient encouragement, incentive, better career prospects and better professional support to Railway players.  She said that new policy should include incentives for railway coaches also and the provision for best professional facilities to railway sports persons. The Minister emphasized that   Railways will not be found wanting in providing adequate support to its players in all respects. She said that all necessary equipments and infrastructure needed for improving the performance of players will be provided by the railway administration.

 She said that the Railway Ministry is committed to the promotion of the sports in the country through RSPB and will intensify its efforts so that its players bring medals for India in the next Olympics as well.  She said that the Ministry will prepare a plan of action for the next Olympics after identifying the potential sports discipline for this purpose.

Speaking on the occasion Chairman, Railway Board said that goal of the Railways will now be to shine in the next Olympics. He said that Railways will brace itself to meet this onerous challenge. Also present on the occasion were Shri V.N.Tripathi, Member Staff and President of RSPB, Shri Sudesh Kumar, Member Electrical, Shri A.P.Mishra, Member Engineering, Shri Sanjiv Handa, Member Mechanical, Shri Samar Jha, Finance Commissioner of Railway Board among others.

In Asian Games 2010, Railway players have won 15 Medals for India which include 7 Gold medals, 1 Silver Medal and 7 Bronze medals.  India won a total of 64 Medals which included 14 Gold Medals. The half of the total Gold Medals won by India were brought by the Railway players playing as part of the Indian contingent. In athletics, India with 5 Gold Medals stood at second position after China and Railway players contributed in all these winning athletics events namely 10000m, 3000m Steeple Chase, 400m, 400m Hurdles and4x400m Rely.

 

 

 

 

         Medal Winners of Indian Railways in Asian Games - 2010

S.

No.

Name of  the Player

Railway

Game

Medal

1

Preeja Sreedharan

SR

Athletics-

10000m

Gold

2

Sudha Singh

CR

Athletics-

3000m Steeple Chase

Gold

3

Joseph Abraham

SR

Athletics-

400m

Gold

4

Ashwini A.C.

SWR

Athletics-

400m Hurdles

Gold

5

Sini Jose &

Ashwini A.C.

SR

Athletics

4x400m Rely

Gold

6

Rakesh Kumar

Manjit Kumar

Nitin Govardhan Guhle

NR

NR

WR

 

Kabaddi (Men)

 

 

Gold

7

Mamtha

Teheshwani Bai

Smita Kumari

M. Kalyani

SCR

SCR

ECR

SCR/RPF

Kabaddi (Women)

Gold

8

Preeja Sreedharan

SR

Athletics-

5000m

Silver

9

Dola Banerjee

ER

Archery-

Team Event

Bronze

10

Ravinder

NR

Wrestling

Bronze

11

Aashis Kumar

NCR

Gymnastic

Bronze

12

Rahul Banerjee &

Mangal Singh  Champia

ER

Archery-

Team Event

Bronze

13

Krishna Punia

NWR

Athletics-

Discuss Throw

Bronze

14

G G Pramila

SWR

Athletics-

Heptathlon

Bronze

15

Paramjeet Samota

ER

Boxing

Bronze

 

 

 

 

The Indian Railways, winner of the first ‘Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar’ instituted by the Government of India, always takes lead in promoting sports in the country.  Railways sports persons have been participating in prestigious national as well as international competitions like Asiad, Commonwealth Games, Olympics, other international level sports events and bringing laurels to the nation.   With a galaxy of promising and outstanding sports persons on its roll, since the inception of Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) in 1928, Indian Railways have always been striving hard to take up the new challenges and was very hopeful for a spectacular show in this mega sports event.  Railways has sixteen Padamshree, three Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, five Dronacharya Sammaan, Six Dhyanchand Sammaan and 134 Arjun Puraskar to its credit which have been awarded to its sports persons.

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