Shooter Gagan Narang provided the spark to India's Olympic campaign by clinching the bronze medal in the Men's 10m air rifle event on Monday.
By giving the country its first medal in the current Olympics, 29-year-old Narang lived upto expectations to claim the bronze, the third shooting medal in India's Olympic history.
As soon as the news broke, Narang was rewarded by state governements and the sports minister. Surely more rewards will follow.
Here are the rewards that Narang has won:
Andhra Pradesh government rewards him Rs 50 lakh.
Andhra Pradesh government today announced a Rs 50 lakh cash incentive to the Indian shooter. The state government had so far given cash incentives to the tune of Rs 1 crore and 91.5 lakh to Narang for winning medals in various international sporting events like Asian Games (2010), Commonwealth Games (2010) etc, a release from the Chief Minister's Office said.
Haryana Government gives him Rs 1 crore
The Haryana government Monday announced a reward of Rs 1 crore for Narang.
Even though Narang does not belong to Haryana, he has been given the reward under the category of sportspersons from the state as his family roots are from the northern state.
Ajay Maken offers him top job
Sports Minister Ajay Maken announced that the ace marksman will be offered a job as a Group A employee in the Sports Authority of India, which is equivalent to an IAS officer.
"Had it not been for one shot, Gagan could have won the gold as well. All these Olympians whether they win a medal or not would be provided an officer grade job with the SAI.
"A medal winner will straight away be promoted as Group A employee which is an IAS officer rank. So Gagan can be an IAS officer," Maken told reporters outside the Royal Artillery Barracks where Narang opened India's account in the medals tally.
Sahara India to give 2 kg of gold
Corporate major, Sahara India will give Narang 2 kg of gold.
Sahara has announced to reward the Indian athletes with gold, who will manage to clinch a medal at the London Olympics. Sahara will be awarding a 5 kg medal of gold to athletes winning gold medals, 3 kg to silver medallists and 2 kg to bronze medallists each.
Updated Date: Aug 01, 2012 10:49 AM