The Badminton Association of India (BAI) has announced a prize fund of 1.5 crore for all medalists at the 2021 and 2022 World Championships, as well as support personnel.
The prize money will be given out as long as the BAI remains dedicated to rewarding exceptional performances. The Thomas Cup-winning team was given a kitty of one crore by the governing body earlier this year.
At the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, the Indian badminton team had their best-ever performance, taking home three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. Three medals have been won by the Indian men’s shuttlers from the previous two World Championships.
Mixed badminton team to get ₹30 lakh each
For their efforts, the 10-person mixed badminton team that took home the silver medal in Birmingham will receive a total of 30 lakh rupees, or 3 lakh per player, while the eight members of the support staff will receive 1.5 lakh each.
Lakshya Sen and PV Sindhu, who won the men’s and women’s singles titles at the Commonwealth Games, will receive 20 lakh each. Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who won the first-ever men’s doubles gold medal in Birmingham, will receive a reward of 25 lakh.
In addition to the gold medal winners, the young women’s doubles team of Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly will receive 7.5 lakh for their first-place finish in the bronze medal competition.
Formerly ranked No. The number one seed Kidambi Srikanth will receive 5 lakh rupees for winning the men’s singles bronze medal in Birmingham and 10 lakh rupees for winning the silver medal at the 2021 BWF World Championships in Huelva, Spain.
Sen will increase his bankroll by 5 lakh if he wins the men’s singles bronze medal in 2021. Shetty and Satwik will receive an additional 7.5 lakh rupees for becoming the first Indian men’s doubles team to win a bronze medal at the World Championships in Tokyo last month.
Dr. Assam Chief Minister and BAI President spoke about the association’s commitment to honor medal-winning athletes. In a statement to the media, Himanta Biswa Sarma said:
“This cash award is a small effort to acknowledge our badminton players’ amazing achievements over the last two years,” the statement reads. “Our badminton players have been consistently winning laurels for the country.”
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BAI secretary Sanjay Mishra added:
“Due to the way Indian athletes have performed on the international stage, the prize money has been steadily rising, and we are confident that the reward money will inspire everyone to keep up the good work.”