Honorable Minister of state for Communications and Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in presence of Honorable Minister of state for Youth affairs and sports Shri Vijay Goel, today unveiled the Commemorative Postage Stamps on Rio Olympic Games and said the unique initiative will motivate the Rio-bound Indian athletes. The four stamps depicts the images of four different sports namely Badminton, Boxing, Shooting and Wrestling and are of the denominations Rs5, Rs5, Rs25 and Rs25 respectively. India got medals in these events in the past edition of Olympics.
Shri Manoj Sinha said, the Department of Posts had always issued special stamps on important occasions to rekindle the spirit of patriotism and for advancement of National Interest. He said that by issuing stamps the postal department will be able to attract the attention of the countryman towards this sporting event as there are more than one and half lakh post offices in the country which will sell the stamps.He said that this time a record number of players from India is participating in Rio and expressed the hope that it will lead to positive outcome.
Shri Vijay Goel said Olympics connects countries. He said 119 players in 15 disciplines are representing India with sportsman spirit. He said the government took special initiative for India’s performance in Olympics in various ways. It introduced Target Olympic podium, appointed more than 40 foreign coaches, sent team 10 to 15 days ahead of start of Olympics, gave out of pocket allowances to players, giving $US 100 per day while out of India, appointed first foreign coach for female hockey team, increased salaries of coaches from 50 thousand to 2 lakh. He conveyed his best wishes to the Olympic team on behalf of 125 crore population.
Secretary, Department of Sports Shri B.V.Sudhakar and Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Shri Rajiv Yadav were also present on the occasion.
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