Other Sports

Sports Ministry announces ₹1 crore reward for victorious Indian men's badminton team

India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, left, and Chirag Shetty react after winning over Indonesia’s Kevin Sanjaya and Mohammad Ahsan during their men’s double final badminton match of the Thomas Cup in Bangkok, on Sunday, May 15 2022.

India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, left, and Chirag Shetty react after winning over Indonesia’s Kevin Sanjaya and Mohammad Ahsan during their men’s double final badminton match of the Thomas Cup in Bangkok, on Sunday, May 15 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Sunday announced a cash award of ₹1 crore to the Indian men’s badminton team which created history by winning the coveted Thomas Cup title for the first time.

India scripted a spectacular 3-0 victory over 14-time champions Indonesia in the Thomas Cup final in Bangkok on Sunday.

“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," said Mr. Thakur in a statement.

“It is with pride that I announce the award of ₹1 crore to the team that Indians so much joy this weekend.” Mr. Thakur complimented the players, coaches and support staff of the Indian team for the historic triumph.

“Kidambi Srikanth and H. S. Prannoy kept a clean slate by winning each time they stepped on court. The doubles combination of Satwiksairaj 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 Dhruv Kapila ad Krishna Prasad Garaga and Panjala Vishnuvardhan Goud as well as Priyanshu Rajawat will have gained immensely by being part of this historic campaign.” The Sports Ministry said it contributed to the unprecedented success of the team by providing the players training and competition support.

“A 10-week National Camp starting January helped raise fitness levels of the players. The support to engage Mathias Boe as coach to assist the doubles combinations has been significant as well,” the statement added.

“Over the past four years, the Ministry has extended funding worth ₹67.19 crore to the Indian badminton players towards training and competition, including salaries of foreign and Indian coaches.”

“And in the past year alone, the Ministry has supported as many as 14 international exposure trips at a cost of ₹4.50 crore.”


Our code of editorial values

  1. Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team.
  2. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published.
  3. Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not 'the', n is not 'and').
  4. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.
  5. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.

Printable version | May 15, 2022 7:38:28 pm | https://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-sports/sports-ministry-announces-1-crore-reward-for-victorious-indian-mens-badminton-team/article65416636.ece