Akhilesh Yadav has always motivated sports to flourish in the state. For the development of the game and the sportsperson alike, the young CM has brought infrastructure of international standards to Uttar Pradesh. Many facilities, like better training, pensions for sportspersons, awards, recognition, and monetary help from the Akhilesh Government has put the state in the limelight when it comes to sports development in the country. This is possible because Akhilesh Yadav himself is a sports lover and hence knows its importance.
On Sports Day, 2016 Akhilesh Yadav launched some huge initiatives for the sportspersons. Olympic returned players were rewarded heavily in the state, irrespective of their hometown; this demonstrates the true sportsmanship of our young CM. Shuttler PV Sindhu, Wrestler Sakshi Mallik, and Gymnast Deepa Karmakar were each given Rs. 1 crore for making the country proud in Rio Olympics 2016. This was not all, 10 sportspersons who represented the state in the Olympics were given Rs. 10 lakh each by the CM to keep them motivated and prepare better for the upcoming competitions.
The event was organized inLucknow where 9 sports men were given Lakshman Award and 11 sports women were honoured with Rani Lakshmi Bai Award. Each of them was given a cheque of Rs. 3.11 lakh with a certificate and the trophy. This amount has been increased from previously given Rs. 50,000 to build the enthusiasm of sports lovers. The winners at Common Wealth Games were given government jobs. Such schemes will not only encourage existing players to play better but will also spike the interest of others.
Social Samajwadi would like to thank the UPCM for a holistic development of sports in Uttar Pradesh.