THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala government on Thursday announced a cash prize of Rs five lakh to Indian hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh for playing a stellar role in the Asian Champions Trophy triumph in Ordos, China.
Speaking at a function organised to felicitate Sreejesh, state Sports Minister KB Ganesh Kumar also announced a cash prize of Rs 50,000 to team manager Ramesh Kolappa.
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"Sreejesh has made not only Kerala but the whole country proud through his stunning performance in the tournament. The government will give a cash prize of Rs five lakh to honour his talent. Team India manager Ramesh Kolappa would also be given Rs 50,000 as reward," Ganesh Kumar said.
Sreejesh has risen to the top despite poor facilities and infrastructure in the state. The state sports department would take all necessary action, including setting up of modern stadiums to revive hockey in the state, he said.
The minister also assured to provide high quality sports kits to hockey players in the state.
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Sreejesh said collective effort of the players had helped India lift the trophy.
Sreejesh's two saves in the tie-breaker played a part in the team's 4-2 win over Pakistan in the final
Hockey India president Mariamma Koshy, Hockey Kerala president V Sunil Kumar and Kerala State Sports Council president PS Abdul Rassak participated in the programme organised by Hockey Kerala.