India’s wrestling champion Sakshi Malik who rose to fame after winning bronze last year at Rio Olympics has now slammed the government for failing to ‘deliver promises’. Malik, who won the medal last year in August, has said that the announcements made by Haryana government after her win were only for the media.
Medal ka vada maine pura kiya, Haryana sarkar apna vada kab pura karegi? (I fulfilled my promise of winning an Olympic medal for the country, when will Haryana government fulfil its promise?),” tweeted Sakshi.
However, state minister Anil Vij said that the government has given her Rs 2.5 crore in cheque. He further claimed that they had also created a post for the wrestler after she wanted a job in the MD University.
Government of Haryana – Sakshi’s state – had announced before Olympics Rs 6 crore for gold medallists, Rs 4 crore for silver and Rs 2.5 crore for bronze winners.
The 24-year-old girl from Rohtak had clinched a bronze medal in the 58kg freestyle category.
This is not the first incident where an athlete has pointed finger at the sports department of the country. Indian marathon runner, Jaisha had also accused the Olympic officials responsible for taking care of the Olympians in Rio of leaving the runner to die as she ran for the country.