Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday announced the cash reward of Rs 40 lakh each for weightlifters Lovepreet Singh and Gurdeep Singh who have won the medals at on going Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham.
Lovepreet and Gurdeep both won the bronze medals in their respective weight categories.
Taking to Twitter Mann said: “Congratulations to Lovepreet Singh of Sri Amritsar Sahib for winning bronze medal in weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games… Lovepreet will be given a prize money of 40 lakhs as per the sports policy of the government…”
“Congratulations to Gurdeep Singh of village near Khanna for winning bronze medal in weightlifting 109kg weight category during Commonwealth Games…A prize money of Rs 40 lakh will be given to Gurdeep by Punjab Govt. Congratulations too… All the best for the future…” he said in another tweet.
Lovepreet bettered his own national record of 350kg with a total lift of 355kg (snatch – 163kg; clean and jerk – 192kg) in the men’s 109 kg event at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC).
Gurdeep bagged the bronze in men’s plus 109 kg category with a total lift of 390kg ( Snatch 167kg; Clean and Jerk 223 kg).