BAI doles out cash rewards to shuttlers for historic performance
New Delhi: The Badminton Association of India felicitated the Indian badminton team for its spectacular successes on Saturday evening, doling out a whopping cash reward to the tune of Rs one crore thirty lakh rupees to the victorious players.
BAI president Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and chief guest Indian Olympic Association president Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra presented all the cheques at a grand ceremony here, attended by the top brass of the BAI, chief coach Pullela Gopi Chand and the entire team, including the support staff.
"It gives me immense pleasure to be here to celebrate the heroics of our players in the Commonwealth Games. They have not only created history but have once again underlined India's reputation as one of the top performers globally," BAI President Dr Sarma said.
"We would like to thank the government, the Sports Authority of India and the BAI for all their support over the last few years. I thank the president for organising such a wonderful function to appreciate the team's performance," Gopi Chand said.
The team which made history by winning India's first ever gold medal in the mixed team event was presented with a cheque for Rs 50 lakh (Rs 5 lakh to each of the 10 players).
The BAI awarded Rs 20 lakh to Saina Nehwal for winning the gold medal in the individual event, and Rs 10 lakh each to PV Sindhu and K Srikanth for winning the silver medal in their respective events.
The young men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who etched their name in history books by becoming the first ever men's doubles team from India to win a medal in the CWG, were awarded Rs 15 lakh.