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35 Sportspersons from Indian Railways to participate in Rio Olympics

With a rich sports heritage, Indian Railways’ sports persons are again set to bring more laurels to the nation. Continuing its run of glory in country’s sports arena, around 35 sports persons from Indian Railways will represent the nation in forthcoming Olympic Games being held at Rio, Brazil.

Indian railways’ contingent comprises of 1/3rd of the entire Indian Olympic contingent thus becoming the biggest contributor amongst all sports organizations in the country. In fact almost the entire Indian women hockey team comprises of Railway players, as is the weightlifting team.

From 12 Railway Sportspersons of the total 81 Indian athletes in London Olympics- 2012 to more than 35 athletes in the Rio Olympics out of 121 member Indian contingent is a testimony to the effort that Railways has put in promoting and supporting sports in India.

Not only have Railways been the champions in most of the National events this year, they exhibited a spectacular performance in recently held South Asian Games at Guwahati. In the South Asian Games at Guwahati, out of the 81 Indian Railways sports persons who participated 76 were medal winners.

To further motivate the players to deliver their best, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu has announced a bouquet of incentives for the Railway players viz promotions, increments and cash awards. This includes promotions as Gazzetted officers for players getting upto 4th position; Out of turn promotions and special increments to the Railway athletes representing India in Rio. In addition, the Cash Awards have been also been announced.

For getting gold medal Rs 1 Crore will be awarded to the player, Silver Medal Rs.75 Lakh, Bronze Medal Rs.50 Lakh, Up to 8th position Rs.30 Lakh and for participation Rs.5 Lakh. The contribution of coaches has also been acknowledged with a cash award of Rs.5 Lakh. In addition, those of Railway players with medal winning performances will be given posting in the Zonal Railway of their choice.