Delighted by the state’s athletes’ outstanding performance, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, at a grand event in Karnal, praised and rewarded the medal winners and participants from Haryana in the recent 19th Asian Games in China. Khattar expressed his excitement about the state’s athletes and revealed plans to establish two shooting ranges and two archery ranges within Haryana as part of the Sports Facility Expansion initiative. This endeavor aims to inspire young people to participate in sports.
In addition to monetary rewards, the Chief Minister also announced that every medalist would receive 15 kg of pure ghee. He proudly mentioned that Haryana has gained recognition in the world of sports and holds a significant share of the total medals won by Indian athletes in international competitions.
During the 2023 Asian Games, Haryana sent 80 athletes, who secured 30 out of the 44 total medals won by Indian participants.
The Chief Minister’s opening words at the state-level event were, “Dhakad Jawan, Dhakad Kisand, and Dhakad Pehalwan of Haryana.”
“Our formidable Haryana athletes have consistently brought honor to our nation in prestigious events such as the Olympics, Paralympics, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games,” remarked Khattar as he rewarded gold medalists with a generous sum of ₹3 crore, silver medalists with ₹1.5 crore, and bronze medalists with ₹75 lakh. The medallists were also presented with commendation letters and job offers in accordance with the state government’s sports policy.
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The Chief Minister unveiled plans to establish two shooting ranges, one in Nimana village within Jhajjar district and another in Sector 32 in Panchkula, in addition to two archery centers, one at Tejli Stadium in Yamunanagar district and another at the District Sports Complex in Faridabad.
Khattar announced the government’s intent to devise a policy that would supply sports equipment for local sports events held at the village level, ensuring athletes have access to the necessary gear. He also revealed that winners of smaller, local sports events, not included in the list of national games, would be acknowledged with cash awards, aligning with mainstream sports.
As part of the Khelo India Scheme, the CM inaugurated ten Khelo India Centres across Haryana, situated in Ambala, Faridabad, Palwal, Yamunanagar, Jind, Jhajjar, Charkhi Dadri, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, and Bhiwani.
Khattar reported that the Central Ministry of Sports had approved the establishment of 15 Khelo India Centres in Haryana, with ten opened on the day and five more scheduled for establishment in the following year in Hisar, Sirsa, Nuh, Sonipat, and Karnal.
Furthermore, Khattar urged Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur, to green-light the establishment of Khelo India Centres and enhance Sports Facility Expansion in the remaining 17 districts of Haryana, ensuring that such centers are accessible in all 22 districts.
Expressing his gratitude, the Chief Minister acknowledged the pivotal roles played by athletes’ parents and coaches in providing unwavering support and inspiration. Although several notable players, including Olympic gold medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, were unable to attend due to prior commitments, a total of 22 medallists from the state graced the event.
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