CWG 2022: Not invited to felicitation event; para athletes from Punjab allege step-motherly treatment

By PTC News Desk -- August 29, 2022 2:35 pm -- Updated:August 29, 2022 2:59 pm

Chandigarh, August 29: Differently abled players from Punjab are feeling ignored at the hands of the Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab Government. They have expressed resentment over not being felicitated along with other players who won laurels at the recently concluded Commonwealth 2022 in Birmingham.

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Notably, the Commonwealth Games are the only multidisciplinary sporting event where events for differently abled take place simultaneously at the same venue.

The Bhagwant Mann-led Punjab Government recently felicitated 23 athletes from for winning medals at the CWG. There were a total of 25 athletes, including two para-lifters, from Punjab, who were part of the Indian contingent.

However, both para-lifters — Manpreet Kaur from Phagwara and Paramjeet Singh from Haripur Khalsa village in Ludhiana — were not invited to the felicitation ceremony held by the Punjab Government recently.

The Punjab Government awarded a total cash prize of Rs 9.30 crore to 23 players At least 15 silver medal winners received Rs 50 lakh each while four bronze medal winners got a cheque for Rs 40 lakh each. Four players sliding on the podium received a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh for their participation.

The Punjab Sports Ministry is, however, tightlipped on honouring Manpreet and Paramjeet, who too represented the country at the CWG 2022.

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-PTC News

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