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Anil VijHaryana sports minister Anil Vij on Monday announced a cash reward of Rs 6 crore for the gold medal-winning athletes fro India in the Rio Olympics.

Anil Vij, who is in Rio to support the Indian athletes, said, “We’ll give Rs 6 crore to the player who will win gold medal here. Want to stand by our players in every stag.”

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K Srikanth and P V Sindhu kept the medal hopes alive in badminton with facile wins but boxers drew a blank after Vikas Krishan was ousted in the quarterfinals in the Rio Games.

India’s slim hopes of a medal in the women’s 3000m steeplechse disappeared when Lalita Babar, the first track athlete to qualify for an Olympic final in 32 years, could finish only 10th in 9 minutes, 22.74 seconds.

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