NEW DELHI, August 8: The Indian junior women's hockey team that won the nation's maiden bronze medal in the recently concluded World Cup 2013 at Monchengladbach, Germany is set for financial windfall.
The Indian eves made history by bagging the country's first ever bronze medal in the Junior Women Hockey World Cup after beating England 3-2 in penalty shoot out.
In recognition of their achievement, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Mr. Jitendra Singh has announced a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 to each player of the Junior Women Hockey team in the tournament. While the coaches will be awarded Rs. 25,000.
The 18-member squad led by its captain Sushila Chanu met the Mr. Singh at his office here on Wednesday.
Applauding the team's feat, the Minister said, “You have made the country proud by winning Bronze Medal in the event.” He said, “The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports stands committed to supporting your endeavour to bring laurels to India in future.”
The members of the team shared their experience during the tournament with the Sports Minister and briefed him regarding the aspects of coaching and facilities provided to them in the build-up to the World Cup.
A cake-cutting ceremony was organized to celebrate the momentous occasion. Along with the Sports Minister, Sports Secretary P.K. Deb too was present with the entire hockey squad.
Representing her team, skipper Sushila Chanu presented the Minister a T-Shirt and a hockey stick autographed by all members of the bronze medal winning squad.