North Eastern Council to give cash award to Olympics medalists

North Eastern Council(NEC) has announced cash award of Rs 40 lakh, Rs 20 lakh and Rs 10 lakh to gold, silver and bronze medallists during London Olympics 2012, to promote sports in the region, officials said on Friday. NEC gave away Rs 10 lakh, Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3 lakh to Asian and Commonwealth Games winners. Chekrovolu Swuro (Nagaland), Jayanta Talukdar (Assam), Laishram Bombayla Devi (Manipur) and Tarundeep Rai (Sikkim) are competing in archery discipline.
L Devendro Singh (Manipur), five-time world champion MC Mary Kom along with the youngest Indian athlete Shiva Thapa, will compete in different categories of boxing. N Soniya Chanu (Manipur) will compete in weightlifting, Somdev Devvarman (Tripura) will be playing tennis while Kothajit Singh (Manipur) is part of the hockey contingent.

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