Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to encourage sports persons, Odisha government has announced cash award for Indian athletes for winning medals at the ongoing 22nd Asian Athletics Championships here at Kalinga Stadium.

While gold medal winners will get a cash award of Rs 7 lakh, the silver and bronze medalists will get Rs 5.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh respectively, said Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Chandrasarathi Behera.

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Behera further stated that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who had watched the performance of Odia athletes at Kalinga stadium on Friday, has announced the cash award to encourage the athletes.

According to sources, state-owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) will bear the prize money for the athletes.

So far the Indian athletes have won eight medals including four gold, two silver and two bronze medals by the end of the second day of the championship at Kalinga Stadium yesterday.