ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers have approved prize money totalling 106 million rupees to be awarded to the athletes who excelled at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and to their coaches.
According to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the prize money breakdown is as follows:
Gold medal – 50 million rupees
Bronze medal – 20 million rupees
4th to 8th place – 2.5 million rupees
9th to 16th Place – 1 million (x4)
World record – 10 million
The prize money for the world record and an additional one million rupees the bronze model winner are sponsored by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
Allocation for coaches – 19.125 million rupees
Total prize money – 106.625 million rupees (including the additional million from SLC)
Javelin thrower Dinesh Priyantha Herath, who set a world record and won first place in the men’s F46 category on August 30 – the first Sri Lankan to ever strike gold at a Paralympics event, should thus receive 60 million rupees in prize money.
Dulan Kodithuwakku, who won the bronze medal for javelin throw in the F64 category the same day should be awarded 21 million rupees.
August 30 was a day of firsts for sports in Sri Lanka, being the first time the island nation won double medals in the same event in the same year.
Gold medal winner Herath, whose record –breadking throw of 67.79 metres, had served the Sri Lanka Army during the island’s civil in which he was wounded in action, according to reports.
Bronze medallist Kodithuwakku’s throw was measured at a personal best of 65.61 metres in the F64 category.
A statement from the cabinet office said the National Sports Council has recommended the criteria for awarding cash prizes and the amount of the prize money to recognise international sports achievements. (Colombo/Sep07/2021)