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Medal Winners of Incheon Asian Games 2014 felicitated

New Delhi: Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal here today felicitated the medal winners of Asian Games 2014. Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju and several other dignitaries were present on the occasion. Shri Sonowal congratulated the medal winners for their medal winning performances at Asian Games 2014, which has brought glory to the nation and made the country proud.  India has won 57 medals (11 Gold, 10 Silver and 36 Bronze) at the Asian Games, 2014. Following is the full text of Minister’s speech: “It is a matter of great pleasure for me to greet our sports heroes once again.  After taking over as the Minister for Sports, Government of India, I had the privilege of felicitating the medal winners of CWG Glasgow in the month of August this year.  Within two months, another joyous occasion has come – this time to felicitate the Asiad Medal Winners.  I think, I am twice lucky.  Let me on behalf of all who are present here heartily congratulate all the medal winners of Asiad 2014.  Your achievements are glittering and inspiring, especially considering the high level of competition in many events.  In every international competition like this, there can be cases of success and failure and the near misses.  Sports is like that.  Sports is a great leveler.  It teaches us not to get carried away by success; it teaches us not to get disappointed over failures.  Treat everything – every success and failure – equally.  Those of you who have won the Gold should strive hard to retain them and look forward to RIO-2016 and those who got Silver and Bronze Medals should strive to make it Gold and should also look forward to RIO-2016. Friends, I must  specially congratulate the Gold Medal winners. (i) Boxing Ms. Mary Kom (ii) Archery(compound men’s team) Abhishek Verma, S.Kumar &  R.Chauhan (iii) Athletics(women discuss throw) Seema Punia (iv) Athletics(women’s 4x400M relay) Priyanka Panwar, Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur,  & Poovamma Raju (v) Shooting (50-m pistol men)  Jitu Rai (vi) Squash(men’s team)  Saurav Ghosal, H.P. Sandhu,  M.   Mangaonkar   & K. Kumar (vii) Tennis((mixed doubles) Sania Mirza & Saketh Myneni (viii) Wrestling(men’s freestyle 61kg)  Yogeshwar Dutt (ix) Kabaddi (Men & Women Team) (x) Hockey (Men) who won Gold after a gap of 16years Asiad 2014 has given a fresh breath of life to Hockey.  The entire country salutes the Team.   I have full faith in the Indian Hockey Team  and I want you to bring back the Olympic Gold we won last time in 1964 Olympics. Friends, as you all know, our Government is committed to provide the best possible assistance for your training. We are getting you Foreign Coaches, High Performance Directors, Physios, Mental Trainers and other supporting staff. Under the ACTC, the Annual Training Programme is also taken care of.  Deserving athletes have been given specialized training abroad.  I have asked Secretary (Sports) and DG, SAI to review the performance of all disciplines in Asiad 2014 and take corrective steps.  I have given strict directions that in the remaining period in the run up for Olympics, we should concentrate on the disciplines where we are going to compete in the next Olympics. ‘Target Olympic  Podium’ or (TOP)  is a scheme that the Ministry has devised for this. This should be carefully implemented. I would also urge upon all the Federations to concentrate on junior and sub-junior training.  We need to find new talents and give them sufficient training so that we could have talented athletes for 2020 Olympics and beyond. At this moment of glory, Friends, let us rededicate ourselves for the glory of Indian sports. Our aim should be Olympics 2016 and I would urge upon all Sports heroes to target a podium finish in RIO-2016.” Shri Sonowal also gave cash awards to the medal winners present at the ceremony. Ministry has released Rs. 10.88 crores for cash awards for total 151 sportspersons (individual winners and members of the medal winning teams at Incheon Asian Games).  Cash awards of Rs.  20 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs. 6 lakh each were given to gold, silver and bronze medal winners respectively in the individual events.  Medal winners in team events were given cash awards not less than half of the award money payable to medal winners in individual events.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is serving as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, the university which controlling 440 colleges of Engineering, Management, Pharmacy & Architecture colleges in Gujarat.

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