35 sportspersons from Indian Railways to participate in Rio Olympics this year
New Delhi: With an aim to further motivate India’s top sportspersons to deliver their best in the Olympics, Railway MInister Suresh Prabhu has announced a bouquet of incentives for the Railway players – promotions, increments and high cash awards. Indian Railways’ sportspersons will once again showcase their talent at the coming XXXI Olympic Games being held in Rio, Brazil, from 5-21 August, 2016. Around 35 sportspersons from Indian Railways will represent the nation. Indian Railways’ contingent makes up 1/3rd of the entire Indian Olympic contingent, thus becoming the biggest contributor amongst all sports organisations in the country. In fact, almost the entire Indian women’s hockey team consists of Railway players, as does the weightlifting team.
The following cash awards have been announced:
Indian Railway Players and Coaches:
Gold Medal : Rs.1 Crore
Silver Medal : Rs.75 Lakh
Bronze Medal : Rs.50 Lakh
Up to 8th position : Rs.30 Lakh
For participation : Rs.5 Lakh
Acknowledging the value of the support staff, coaches will be acknowledged with a cash award of Rs.5 Lakh.
In addition, those of Railway players with medal winning performances will be given posting in the Zonal Railway of their choice.
With an impressive 35 Railways athletes representing India at the Olympics, one can safely bet on at least a few medals coming from the government organisations’ representatives.
The women’s hockey team is almost entirely comprised of Railways players as is the weightlifting team.
While the Railways teams almost always dominate in National events, they went one step further with a strong showing at the recently concluded South Asian Games held at Guwahati.
Out of the 81 Indian Railways sports persons who participated, 76 got a podium finish.
Railway athletes participating at Rio Olympics 2016 from Indian Railways are:
Archery: Laxmirani Mahi,L. Bombayla Devi.
Athletics: Manpreet Kaur (Shot Put), Lalita Babar (3000m Steeplechase), Tintu Luka(800m), Sudha Singh (Marathon), Jaisha (Marathon) , Khushbir Kaur (Walk), Dutee Chand (100m), Lalit Mathur (4x400m Relay), Renjith Maheswari (Triple Jump).
Boxing : Manoj Kumar (Boxing Men-64 Kg)
Shooting: Ayonika Paul (10m Air Rifle)
Wrestling:Hardeep Singh (Greeko-Roman), Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik (Free-Style)
Swimming: Sajan Prakash
Weight Lifting: Saikom Mirabhai Chanu.Satish Kumar
Hockey Women: Rajani, Sunita Lakra, Deepika, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Namita Toppo,Deep Grace Ekka, Renuka Yadav Lilima Minz, Navjot Kaur, Monika, Poonam Rani, Vandana Kataria, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Nikki Pradhan
Hockey Men: Chinglensana Singh
Coaches: C R Kumar (Hockey Women), Helen Mary (Hockey Women), PT Usha (Athletics), Kuldeep Malik (Wrestling), Vijay Sharma (Weightlifting),Shri Jagdip Hooda (Boxing)
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu along with Minister of State for Railways and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communication Manoj Sinha amongst others have conveyed greetings to all the Indian sportspersons including Railway players going to participate in the Olympic 2016 and wished them success.
The 2012 London Olympics had 81 Indian athletes, of which 12 were Railways sportspersons. Out of the 121-member Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics, more than 35 belong to the Railways, a clear indication of the Indian Railways’ enthusiasm for sports.
Recently, the Railways exhibited a spectacular performance at the South Asian Games held in Guwahati – out of the 81 Indian Railways sportspersons who participated, 76 were medal winners.
In recent years, a number of initiatives have been taken to enhance the facilities at Indian Railways. Apart from sports, the government has also signed an MoU with the Ministry of the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship through which the Indian Railways will provide space and manpower to carry out skill development programmes across the country.
Another major initiative taken by the government was to collaborate with Google and roll out WiFi service at 10 stations, where it will offer high-speed Internet to an estimated 1.5 million passengers and visitors.