WATCH: Neeraj Chopra and other Tokyo Olympics medalists honored ahead of the IPL 2022 season opener

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The highly anticipated 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) commenced on Saturday evening with the blockbuster clash between last year’s Champions Chennai Super Kings and last year’s finalists Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium. Ahead of the season opener, Neeraj Chopra and other Olympic gold medalists were felicitated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI)’s top officials, who made their presence felt at the venue.

Neeraj Chopra and other honored at the start of IPL 2022

Olympic-medallists neeraj chopra ipl

Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold medal in javelin throw, was presented with a cheque of Rs 1 crore. While, Boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who won a bronze medal, was presented with a cheque of Rs 25 lakhs. Manpreet Singh, the captain of Indian men’s hockey team, was bestowed with a cheque of Rs 1.25 crore. It was historical campaign for the men’s hockey team as they had ended country’s 41-year wait to win a medal in the quadrennial event.

Unfortunately some of the medal winners missed out on the event. Shuttler PV Sindhu, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu and wrestlers Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Bajrang Punia were others who won the medals.
The BCCI had announced a cash reward of Rs 1 crore for gold medal winners and Rs 50 lakhs for silver medallists. The board announced a reward of Rs 25 lakhs for the bronze medallists. The men’s hockey team was handed its cheque of Rs 1.25 crore.

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