Commonwealth Games Current Affairs - 2020

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Government of Haryana provides Rs 15 lakhs to Olympic participants and Rs 6 crore to winners

On February 16, 2020, the State Government of Haryana announced that it will provide Rs 6 crores to gold medal winners at Olympic Games. The cash money prize is only for players representing Haryana.

Highlights

The State Government of Haryana has offered to provide the Olympic players with prize money. It will provide Rs 15 lakhs to every player participating at the Olympic Games 2020. The Government has also increased the prize money for players participating at Asian Games and Common Wealth Games.

The Gold Medalists of Asian Games are to be provided with Rs 3 crores. The winners of Common Wealth Games are to be provided with Rs 1.5 crores.

Above all, the stadium of the players are also to be provided with 10% of the amount received by the players

Pension

The Government has also announced pension system for the players. This is an additional assistance to players apart from the cash money. Also, the government will provide pension to national award winners such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards, Dhyanchand and Arjuna Awards

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World Games Athlete of the Year, 2019-Title won by Rani Rampal

The Indian Women Hockey Team player Rani Rampal has won the “World Game Athlete of the Year, 2019” title. She is the first hockey player in the world to receive the title.

Athlete of the Year

The title is awarded to the winner selected through a voting process. The award is presented to an awardee who is outstanding in terms of social concern, performance and good behavior.

About Rani Rampal

Rani Rampal is called the “Queen of Indian Hockey”. She joined the Indian Hockey National Team at the age of 15. She is the current captain of the team. In 2020, Rani Rampal was awarded with Padmashri, one of India’s most prestigious awards.

Rani had participated in 2009 Asia cup and won silver medal. Also she was a part of 2010 Common Wealth games of 2010.

Other nominated players

Around 20 players all over the world were nominated for the voting process. Among them, Stanislav Horuna, a Ukranian Karate player secured second rank followed by the Canadian Athlete Rhea Stinn who finished third power lifting.

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