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State declares Rs 5 lakh reward to Bindra

Bhopal, Aug 11: The Madhya Pradesh government has announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh to shooter Abhinav Bindra for winning the first individual gold medal for India in Beijing Olympics on Monday, Aug 11.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated the Chandigarh-based 25-year-old shooter for creating history by winning gold medal in 10m air rifle event and announced the reward. Bindra is a recipient of the country's highest sports award 'Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna'.

The last Olympic gold for India came in 1980 in hockey.

''Abhinav Bindra's historic feat would inspire other sportspersons of the country'', Mr Chouhan said in his congratulatory message.

UNI

Story first published: Monday, August 11, 2008, 14:39 [IST]
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