Anurag Thakur announces Rs 1 crore reward to Thomas Cup-winning Indian team
The team made history by beating 14-time champions Indonesia with a spectacular 3-0 victory for the first time the coveted Thomas Cup won the final in Bangkok.
Nation First News: Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport, today announced an award of Rs 1 crore to the Indian men’s badminton team. The team made history by beating 14-time champions Indonesia with a spectacular 3-0 victory for the first time the coveted Thomas Cup won the final in Bangkok.
Shri Anurag Singh Thakur celebrated the victory with a spontaneous decision. “India’s extraordinary feat of winning the Thomas Cup with successive victories over Malaysia, Denmark and Indonesia in the play-offs called for a relaxation of rules. It is with pride that I announce the award of Rs 1 crore to the team that brought so much joy to the Indians this weekend,” he said.
The Minister complimented the players, coaches and support staff of the Indian team. “Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy kept a clean slate by winning each time they stepped on court. The doubles combination of Satwiksairakj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty raised the bar to win decisive points in five of the six matches, including all three in the knockout stage,” he said.
“Lakshya Sen showed nerves of steel in winning the opening match against Indonesia. I am sure that doubles combination of MR Arjun and DhruvKapila ad Krishna Prasad Garaga and Panjala Vishnuvardhan Goud as well as Priyanshu Rajawatwill have gained immensely by being part of this historic campaign,” Shri Anurag Singh Thakur said.
The Department of Youth and Sport contributed to the team’s unprecedented success by providing players with training and competition support. A 10-week national camp that began in January helped improve the players’ fitness. The support of hiring Mathias Boe as a coach to support the doubles combinations was also significant.
In the past four years, the Ministry has provided Indian badminton players with Rs 67.19 crore in training and competition funds, including the salaries of foreign and Indian coaches. And in the past year alone the ministry has sponsored up to 14 overseas exhibition tours at a cost of Rs 4.50 crore.