The Haryana government has recently announced a cash reward of Rs. 4 crore for Deepa Malik, who has scripted history by winning silver in the women’s shot put F53 event in the ongoing Paralympics in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
The 45-year-old athlete, hailing from Sonipat district of Haryana, became the country’s first ever woman to win a medal at the Paralympics when she threw her personal best of the 4.61m at the Olympic Stadium. She will be receiving the cash prize under the new Sports policy of Haryana for her feat.
This is India’s third medal at the Games after Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati who have bagged gold and bronze in the men’s high jump-T42 event, respectively.
Deepa, the oldest member of the Indian contingent, was confined to a wheelchair since the year 1999 owing to a spinal tumour which has made her paralyzed from waist down.