State Govt announces Rs 10 lakh reward to Neeraj Chopra's ex-coach Kashinath Naik
Bengaluru: Karnataka Government has announced a Rs 10 lakh cash reward to Kashinath Naik, who trained the gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra.
Neeraj Chopra’s first throw of 87.58 sealed the gold medal for him in the javelin throw finals at the Tokyo Olympics. Chopra became the first-ever Indian athlete to win an Olympic medal in a track and field event.
Kashinath Naik, who holds Subedar Naik's rank in the Indian Army, had trained Neeraj Chopra before the Haryana lad started training under current coach Uwe Hohn.
Youth Empowerment and Sports Minister KC Narayan Gowda congratulated and Neeraj Chopra and Kashinath Naik, who hails from Sirsi taluk of the state. Kashinath Naik has won a bronze medal in the javelin throw event in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The state government has decided to felicitate all 7 Tokyo Olympics medallists and Olympians from Karnataka - Srihari Nataraj, Fouaad Mirza and golfer Aditi Ashok.