Sporty Ministry felicitates Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Medallists
On 8th August 2014, function was organised at Vigayan Bhawan, New Delhi to felicitate Indian medals winners in the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games 2014, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal and Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar gave away the memento and the prize-money of Rs 20 lakh (for gold winners), Rs 10 lakh (for silver winners) and Rs 6 lakh (for bronze winners) to the outstanding winners in Commonwealth Games 2014.
India had won 64 medals (15 Gold, 30 Silver, 19Bronze) in the July 23 to August 3 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ministry felicitated them by presenting a memento and prize money cheque. All the participants, coaches, trainers and support staff were also called specially from various parts of the country to attend the dazzling celebrations at Vigayan Bhawan, New Delhi. Sports persons from various schools were invited to meet and interact with their mentors and heroes.
In his speech, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal had said that The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 provided a stiff competition to the Indian athletes. In spite of this, the Indian contingent came up with flying colours. He also praised Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi for allocating more funds for sports in the general budget 2014.
In comparison to performance of Indian athletes, Hon’ble Minister has also said that "We won 101 medals by 407 athletes in 2010 while 64 medals were won by 222 athletes in Glasgow. In 2010 Delhi Games, one medal was won for every 4.02 athletes while this time in Glasgow, one medal was won for every 3.46 athletes. This only proves that India has made phenomenal progress over the past few years." These glorious achievements have come at a time when Shri Narendra Modi has taken over as the Prime Minister of our country. Being an avid sports lover, he has taken the initiative to almost double the sports budget