Boxing coach gets Rs.1.1 mn from Haryana

September 18th, 2008 - 9:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Sep 18 (IANS) Indian boxing coach G.S. Sandhu, who was by the side of Indian boxers Vijender Singh, Akhil Kumar and Jitender Kumar during their matches at the Beijing Games last month, was Thursday given a reward of Rs.1.1 million by the Haryana government here.Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda handed over the cheque to Sandhu, who is a Sports Authority of India (SAI) coach, at a ceremony here.

Hooda said his government would pay rightful attention to sports, so that the state could produce more medal winners like Vijender Singh who won India’s first bronze medal in boxing in the Olympics.

The chief minister said that the boxing academy of international standard to be set up in Haryana’s Bhiwani town would not only train sportsmen but also lay emphasis on training of coaches.

“With this kind of encouragement, I will not be surprised if India wins more gold medals at the next Olympics,” Sandhu said.

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