The State Minister for youth and sports Jahid Ahsan Rasel yesterday announced the cash-awards for any Bangladeshi athlete to win a medal at the 13th South Asian Games, which begins in Nepal on Sunday.
Athletes who win gold medals in individual events will receive Tk six lakh, one lakh more than what they would have received if they won a gold in the last edition in 2016, while silver and bronze medal winners will get Tk three lakh and Tk one lakh respectively, which is the same amount they would have been paid before.
In team events, each member will get Tk one lakh for gold medals while Tk 50 thousand and Tk 25 thousand will be paid to each member of silver and bronze medal winning teams respectively.
This announcement was made during a view exchange meeting with journalists at the National Sports Council conference room yesterday.
“We decided to reward those athletes who win medals in SA Games in Nepal. Besides, we will also provide financial assistance to federations which perform better in the upcoming Games so that they can continue uninterrupted training after the tournament,” said Rasel.
A total of 462 athletes from 25 disciplines will battle for a total of 1119 medals -- 319 gold, 319 silver and 481 bronze. Bangladesh won four gold, 15 silver and 56 bronze medals in the last edition held in India in 2016.