India’s multiple medals are not just a source of pride but also bring along several gifts, both weird and wonderful, for their medalists. India had a pretty great run this season, and despite the lack of funds for their athletes and incomplete sports infrastructure, they managed to win seven medals.
When it comes to rewards, this country is pretty generous in giving cash prizes, along with Indian Olympic Association (IOA) prizes that can go up to Rs. 7.5 million. The Railway Ministry too announced cash prizes of Rs. 30 million for all the athletes and railway officials participating in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
However, cash is not the only reward these talented athletes are receiving. They are taking home a lot of other cool stuff too.
The year’s hottest asset is not being given out as rewards. Bitbns, an India-based cryptocurrency exchange platform has offered systematic investment plans (SIPs) in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum to the medallists.
For gold, a SIP is worth Rs. 200,000, while silver and bronze medallists get plans worth Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 50,000, respectively. Though this is still in the legal grey area, the hype is worth it, plus when it’s offered as incentives.
Healthcare on the house
One thing that we all learned this year was that health is wealth. Glamyo Health is a healthcare start-up offering free services for life to all 127 Indian athletes. They can now avail of all these services to get 50 kinds of surgical treatments for free, in 200 hospitals across India.
Free movie tickets
The lack of functional theatres surely is a minor inconvenience for the athletes who have won a lifetime of free movie tickets. Inox Leisure, the biggest movie theatre operator, has offered Olympic winners free tickets for life.
Participating athletes too have received free tickets for a year. Who knows—they might use this to watch their potential biopic on the big screen.
This is kind of weird, giving out construction materials, but a sweet gesture nonetheless. Shree Cement is giving Olympic winners the opportunity to build their dream homes by providing free cement.
It’s still unclear whether other raw materials like bricks, laborers, etc., will also be provided or not. But at least the foundation of whatever they wish to build will be strong. Bronze medallist Lovlina Borgohain (boxing) got a road to her house as a “gift”, making traveling a bit easy.
A lifetime of free pizza
After weightlifter Mirabai Chanu declared her excitement to eat pizza after her silver medal win, Domino’s Pizza decided to surprise her with a lifetime of free pizzas. The best kind of cheesy affection out there.
This shows that cash is not the only way a country can show how grateful and proud they are about all the athletes.
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