Chandigarh: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday announced a cash award of Rs 1.5 crore to grappler Sushil Kumar after he won a silver medal at the London Olympics.
Hooda congratulated Sushil for winning the medal and said that he has made the state and the country proud. The Chief Minister also announced to give Sushil a piece of land to set up his wrestling academy in Sonepat.
Sushil settled for a silver in the 66kg free style category after being outclassed by Japanese Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu 3-1 in the gold medal bout.
Wrestler Sushil Kumar.
The Indian wrestler recorded his name in sports history annals of the country by becoming the first ever sportsperson to win back-to-back individual Olympic medals, having won a bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games.
Earlier, shooter Gagan Narang and ace shuttler Saina Nehwal, brought laurels to the state by winning a bronze each. A cash award of Rs 1 crore was announced for them as well by the state government.