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Maha Govt Provides ₹50 Lakh to Athletes Chosen for the Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo Olympics was originally scheduled to take place in mid-2020 but was postponed months in advance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Maha Govt Provides ₹50 Lakh to Athletes Chosen for the Tokyo Olympics
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The Maharashtra Government has announced financial assistance of ₹50 lakhs to five athletes from the state who have been chosen to represent India at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray handed over the cheques for ₹50 lakhs each to athletes Swaroop Unhalkar, Rahi Sarnobat, Pravin Jadhav, Tejaswini Sawant, and Avinash Sable. The cheques were distributed at the CM’s official residence, Varsha.

In addition to the financial assistance mentioned above, Thackeray said that the State Government will take guardianship of all five athletes while adding that these five athletes have brought glory to the state.  

The Tokyo Olympics was originally scheduled to take place in mid-2020 but was postponed months in advance due to the coronavirus pandemic. The 2021 edition of the Summer Olympics will start on July 23, 2021, and go on until August 8. 

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The Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju said last month that India’s Olympics contingent will be prioritized for the COVID-19 vaccine as they represent the country ahead of the games in mid-2021. He said that India is preparing to send its largest contingent to the Olympics yet. 

“Whether it is Tokyo Olympics or any big event happening, the preference will be given to Olympic-bound athletes as well as the staff because it is time-bound,” he was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times. 

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