LPU Rewards 13 Of Its Students Who Won Olympic Medals With Rs1.75 Cr

Neeraj Chopra awarded Rs. 50 lakhs and a ‘Gold Javelin.’ Manpreet Singh along with nine other members of the Hockey Team received Rs 85 Lakhs

(L to R) Rashmi Mittal, Neeraj Chopra and Ashok Mittal

Lovely Professional University (LPU) today felicitated 13 of its students including Neeraj Chopra and ten members of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team for making India proud at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. While Neeraj Chopra was awarded Rs. 50 lakhs and a ‘Gold Javelin’ for winning the only Gold for India at Tokyo Olympics 2020, Manpreet Singh and nine other members of the Hockey Team received Rs 85 Lakhs. The gala ‘Honoring Ceremony’ was held at the LPU campus today to celebrate the return of its Olympic Champions to their alma mater with the CEO of NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant as the Chief Guest.

The university also announced a reward of Rs10 lakh for Bronze medal winner Bajrang Punia and a reward of Rs 25 Lakhs for Paralympics High Jump Silver medal winner Nishad Kumar; both of whom are students of the university. 

To commemorate Neeraj’s Gold medal-winning throw, the University also unveiled a special 87.58-metre ‘Neeraj Chopra Marg’, a pathway leading to LPU’s sprawling sports complex which offers world-class sports infrastructure. The distance of the road is the same as Neeraj’s winning Olympics throw. The University made a unique record this year with 14 of its students representing India at Tokyo Olympics 2020 in Wrestling, Hockey, Athletics (javelin throw and sprinting) and the Paralympics. 13 out of these 14 made India proud by winning an Olympic medal.

The ceremony also saw interesting moments where the members of the Indian Hockey Team played a short commemorative hockey match along with Neeraj Chopra. Post the match, Neeraj also demonstrated the Javelin throwing technique to the members of the Indian Hockey Team. Neeraj also signed on a Javelin and presented it LPU as memorabilia. The members of the Indian Hockey Team presented a Hockey Stick with their signatures on it to the University. The members of the Hockey Team who are LPU students include Captain Manpreet Singh (MBA), Rupinderpal Singh (MBA), Harmanpreet Singh (MBA), Mandeep Singh (BA), Shamsher Singh (MBA), Dilpreet Singh (BA), Varun Kumar (MBA), Gurjant Singh (MA. History) , Hardik Singh (MA) and Simranjeet Singh (MBA). 

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