12th South Asian Games’ judo goldmedalist Phupu Lhamu Khatri (R) felicitated by caretaker Prime Minister KP Oli at Baluwatar, Kathmandu on Thursday.(Bijay Gajmer/Republica)
KATHMANDU, July 28: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on Thursday honored the medal winning players, coaches and associations of the 12th South Asian Games (SAG).
Prime Minister Oli rewarded the sportsperson with a total cash prize of Rs 39.15 million and letter of appreciation. They were rewarded by the government six months after completion of the SAG.
Nepal had bagged three gold, 23 silver and 34 bronze medals during the South Asian sporting extravaganza held in Shillong and Guwahati of India from February 5 to 16.
Wushu player Nima Gharti Magar, judoka Phupu Lhamu Khatri and the men's football team had won gold medals in SAG.
As per the previous announcement of the National Sports Council, the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in individual events were given Rs 500,000, Rs 300,000 and Rs 200,000 respectively. Similarly each member of team events were given Rs 200,000, Rs 150,000 and Rs 100,000 respectively for the top three finish.
The gold winning coach and assistant coach were given Rs 300,000 and Rs 150,000, silver winners were awarded Rs 200,000 and Rs 100,000 and bronze winners were handed Rs 100,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.
Similarly, gold, silver and bronze winning associations were rewarded with Rs 500,000, Rs 300,000 and Rs 200,000 respectively.
Speaking during the program, Prime Minister Oli thanked the players on behalf of the government. “Sports in not that sector where one remains satisfied with current achievement. They must always strive for more success,” he said.
Meanwhile, the gold medal winning members of men's football team will be given additional amount of Rs 300,000. They were given Rs 200,000 on Thursday as per the announcement of the NSC. However, Minister for Youth and Sports Satya Narayan Mandal had declared to provide each member of the squad with Rs 500,000 after the team's victory parade. Speaking at the program, NSC Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista informed that they will be given additional 300,000 after endorsing it through cabinet meeting.