Woman wrestler Sakshi Malik, who won a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 in Brazil, will be the new brand ambassador for the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save the girl child, teach the girl child) campaign in Haryana.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar made this announcement on Wednesday at a function in Bahadurgarh town, 30 km from New Delhi, where he handed over a cheque for Rs 2.5 crore as reward money to her and also offered her a Group ‘B’ government job. Sakshi was given a grand reception in Bahadurgarh during the state-level function, held to welcome her return to her native state. She also got a rousing reception in Rohtak town.
Sakshi’s coach Mandeep Singh was also given Rs 10 lakh on the occasion. On her request, the Chief Minister announced Rs 10 lakh to her second coach Kuldeep. Under Haryana’s new sports policy, state sportspersons winning gold, silver and bronze medals in Olympics will get Rs 6 crore, Rs 4 crore and Rs 2.5 crore respectively. Khattar said these awards were the highest in the country.
Out of 119 sportspersons who represented India at the Rio Olympics, 20 were from Haryana.