Sakshi Malik appointed Wrestling Director of Rohtak University

Sakshi Malik, Rio Olympics bronze medallist, has been appointed by the Haryana Government as Wrestling Director at Maharshi Dayanand University, in her native town Rohtak.

The Haryana Government has already felicitated Sakshi Malik with a cash reward of Rs. 2.5 crore under its ‘Sports Policy’.   -  AP

The Haryana Government announced the appointment of Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik as Wrestling Director at Maharshi Dayanand University, in her native town Rohtak.

Announcing this, Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij also said she will be given Rs. 21 lakh out of his discretionary fund and a plot measuring 500 square yards.

Her coach Mandeep would be given promotion under special rules, Vij said on Sunday.

The Haryana Government has, in recognition of her achievement, already felicitated Sakshi Malik with a cash reward of Rs. 2.5 crore under its ‘Sports Policy’.

The Minister was speaking at a function in Rohtak late last evening where hockey players Savita Punia and Poonam Rani, and wrestler Virender Singh were also felicitated.

Vij said that during his visit to Rio Olympics, he met players, coaches and other people of various countries to learn about different aspects of specialities of players and sports.

“By adopting Haryana’s sports model across the country, India could leave countries like the USA behind in terms of medal tally. Therefore, the policy of ‘Catch them Young’ would have to be adopted,” he asserted.

Haryana Government has already taken steps in this direction and has decided to open 20 sports nurseries in districts, for which more than 550 applications have been received, Vij said.

Apart from this, the government has decided to construct a small sports stadium in each village, besides establishing 880 Yogshalas and Vyayamshalas at village level this year, he added.