GANGTOK : The State government has increased the monetary incentives for the medal winners from Sikkim at the Olympics by at least Rs. 50 lakh. Under the revised scheme, Olympic gold medallists from Sikkim in individual events will now get Rs. 2.5 crore, those winning silver medal will receive Rs. 1.5 crore and Rs. 1 crore for bronze medallist.
Addressing a press conference here today, Sports minister Kunga Nima Lepcha said, “We have huge potential and sports talents in Sikkim. With an aim to encourage our sportspersons as well as provide them financial assistance, we have raised the cash incentives for the meritorious sportspersons in Olympics.”
On Tarundeep Rai, the lone Sikkimese participant at Tokyo Olympics, the minister said, “We are all proud of him and are hopeful that Sikkim will produce many more athletes like Rai in future for Olympics.” The minister also expressed his best wishes to the Indian contingent for the Tokyo Olympics where 120 athletes will compete in various sports disciplines.