Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann announces Rs 50 lakh reward for 2022 CWG silver medalist Vikas Thakur

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Wednesday announced a cash award of Rs 50 lakh for heavyweight lifter Vikas Thakur, who won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Thakur, who hails from Ludhiana city, lifted a total of 346kg (155kg+191kg) to finish second in the men’s 96kg event to win his third CWG medal.

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It was Thakur’s second silver, having also finished second in the 2014 Glasgow edition. He returned with a bronze in Gold Coast.

“Ludhiana’s Vikas Thakur won a silver medal in weightlifting at the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. According to the sports policy of the Punjab government, 50 lakh rupees will be given to Vikas. My government is committed to encourage and extend all possible help to sportspersons of Punjab,” the CM tweeted.

On Tuesday, CM Man announced a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh to weightlifter Harjinder Kaur for winning a bronze medal in Birmingham.

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