India’s Table Tennis champion Manika Batra accomplished an unbelievable feat in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and created history. However, the irony is the champion player is yet to receive her cash reward of Rs 1.7 crore announced by the Delhi Government three months back.
Manika won four medals at CWG 2018, including two Golds (team and single), a silver (doubles) and a bronze (mixed doubles).
As per the old existing policy of Delhi Government, a CWG Gold medallist is supposed to get Rs. 14 lakh for winning Gold, Rs. 10 lakh for silver and Rs 6 lakh for Bronze. However, athletes in Haryana get Rs 1.5 crore for clinching Gold, which is much higher than what a Delhi athlete gets.
So, Delhi Government decided to give a revised reward money to Manika. Sources close to Manika told Indian Express that going by the revised cash reward, the CWG star is entitled to get Rs 50 lakh for Gold, Rs 40 for silver and Rs 30 for bronze.
Dharemender Singh, Deputy Director of Education (Sports) in the Delhi government, confirmed that Manika’s file has been sent to the cabinet for approval.
“The file of the specific case you are referring to has gone to the cabinet for approval,” Singh told PTI.
At the felicitation ceremony organised by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) on June 29, Manika said she is confident of getting her prize money soon from the Delhi government.
“I don’t know why it has not happened so far but I know it will happen,” said Manika, who is now preparing for the next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia.