Sun, Apr 23, 2017 | updated 09:24 PM IST

TN Govt. announces Rs. 2 cr cash reward for Paralympic Gold medallist Mariyappan

Updated: Sep 10, 2016 13:24 IST      
TN Govt. announces Rs. 2 cr cash reward for Paralympic Gold medallist Mariyappan

New Delhi [India], Sept.10 (ANI): Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Saturday announced a cash reward of Rs. two crore for Rio Paralympic Gold medallist Mariyappan Thangavelu.

Thangavelu scripted history at the ongoing Rio Paralympics, becoming the first Indian para-athlete to bag a gold medal in the men's high jump-T42 finals on day two of the prestigious tournament at the Olympic Stadium.

"I was delighted to learn that you have won a Gold Medal in the Paralympics currently being held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. I understand that this is the first time an Indian has won a gold medal in the High Jump event in the Paralympics. By leaping over a height of 1.89 metres, you have leapt into history and done both the Nation and the State of Tamil Nadu proud," Jayalalithaa wrote in her letter.

"Your achievement, overcoming several obstacles and hurdles, will inspire more and more children and youth to overcome adversities and to participate and strive for greater achievements. Kindly accept my heartiest congratulations on behalf of the people of Tamil Nadu on your splendid achievement," she added.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister further said that she was very happy to inform that the state government has decided to award a cash prize of Rs two crores on par with Olympic Gold Medal winners from Tamil Nadu.

"I congratulate you and all those who have contributed to your success. May you stand forth as a beacon of hope for all those striving to achieve success in their chosen fields overcoming all odds," she said.

The 21-year-old, hailing from Salem district in Tamil Nadu, grabbed the top honours with a best leap of 1.89 metres, while compatriot Varun Singh Bhati produced his personal best mark of 1.86 metres to win the bronze medal behind American Sam Grewe, who also registered the same mark.

Thangavelu's gold is only India's third in Paralympics history. Earlier, swimmer Murlikant Petkar won gold in the 1972 Games and Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia had won gold in Athens 2004.

A bus accident at the age of five left Mariyappan with a permanent disability but he has defied all odds, coupled by the added burden of poverty, with his sensational feat in Rio.

India, which has send its largest-ever delegation of 19 for a Paralympic Games, currently has two medals - gold and bronze. (ANI)

Monte Carlo [Monaco], Apr 23 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas defeated seventh-seeded Spaniards Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez to clinch the men's doubles title of Monte Carlo Masters here on Sunday.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Apr 23 (ANI): Kenya's Mary Keitany took 41 seconds off the women's-only world record* at the Virgin Money London Marathon, running 2:17:01 at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on Sunday.

Full Story >>

Dwayne Bravo ruled out of IPL 2017

Updated: Apr 23, 2017 16:12 IST

Rajkot (Gujarat) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who plays for Gujarat Lions, has been ruled out of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Full Story >>

Jamaica [West Indies], Apr 23 (ANI): Veteran Pakistan batsman has put an end to all speculations of him extending his career, saying he will retire even if he scores "a hundred in every innings of every match against West Indies".

Full Story >>

Rajkot (Gujarat) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Kings XI Punjab spinner Axar Patel believes that his team, which is languishing at the sixth spot in the IPL points table, just need to get their combination right to get back on to the winning ways.

Full Story >>

Amroha (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): With a united India calling for abolishment of the triple talaq, yet another shocking incident has come to fore in BJP-ruled Uttar where a national level netball player was divorced for giving birth to a girl child.

Full Story >>

London [UK], Apr 23 (ANI): Late goals from Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matric helped Chelsea beat Premier League title rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in a gripping FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.

Full Story >>

Jamaica [West Indies], Apr 23 (ANI): Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir claimed a five-wicket haul to leave West Indies at 278/9 on a rain-curtailed second day of the first Test against Pakistan here at the Sabina Park on Saturday.

Full Story >>

Pune (Maharashtra)[India], Apr 23 (ANI): Indian batting legend VVS Laxman has batted for Shikhar Dhawan to open the innings along with Rohit Sharma in the forthcoming Champions Trophy to be held in England and Wales in June.

Full Story >>

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Apr 23 (ANI): Services Sports Control Board were crowned champions of 7th Junior National Championships 2017 (Men) 'B' Division on Saturday in what was a thrilling final, completing eight days of action packed hockey at the Aishbagh Stadium.

Full Story >>

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Apr 22 (ANI): Kingfisher East Bengal are all set to welcome Minerva Punjab in what would be a battle to salvage pride for both sides.

Full Story >>

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 22 (ANI): Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a blisstering 34-ball 61 to help Rising Pune Supergiant chase down 177 with a last-ball boundary against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.

Full Story >>

Monte Carlo [Monaco], Apr 22 (ANI): Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain on Saturday continued with his impeccable form as he defeated France's Lucas Pouille to book a place in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Full Story >>

Vasco (Goa) [India], Apr 22 (ANI): Churchill Brothers secured their safety in the I-league with a comprehensive 6-1 win against ten-man Chennai City FC at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco on Saturday.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 22 (ANI): Romania's Fed Cup captain, the former world number one and Grand Slam champion Ilie Nastase, has come under scanner of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) following his alleged racist remark about Serena Williams' pregnancy.

Full Story >>

Rashid Khan is a match-winner: VVS Laxman

Updated: Apr 22, 2017 18:14 IST

Pune (Maharashtra) [India], Apr 22 (ANI): Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) mentor VVS Laxman has heaped praise on Afghanistan's Rashid Khan, saying the leg-spinner is already a match-winner and an impact player.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] Apr 22 (ANI): The Hyderabad Police Commissionerate's Task Force on Saturday busted two cricket betting rackets and arrested two persons here.

Full Story >>

Bhopal [India], Apr 22 (ANI): Hockey Odisha edged past Steel Plant Sports Board 3-1 in their Pool A clash on the third day of 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017 (Men) 'A' Division here at Aisbagh Stadium.

Full Story >>

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr 22 (ANI): World number two Novak Djokovic, who slumped to a shocking quarter-final exit in the ongoing Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, has said his failure to adjust to the tricky light in the third set led to his loss against Belgium's David Goffin.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru [India], Apr 22 (ANI): With just few days to go for the commencement of the 26th Sultan of Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia, Indian men's hockey team skipper PR Sreejesh believes mental toughness can help his side to defeat top teams like Australia in the upcoming tournament.

Full Story >>