The javelin throw, which won the Neeraj Chopra gold medal, has won a bid of 10 rupees so far.© Twitter
The Ministry of Culture of the Government of India is holding an electronic auction of gifts and souvenirs received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among the many gifts are “sports equipment and fixtures” presented to the Prime Minister by Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The electronic auction starts on Friday and lasts until October 7. There were high bids on the second day of the auction. Both the javelin throw of Olympic gold medalist Niraji Chopra and the bronze medal-winning gloves of Lobrinable Gohain have received a bid of 10 rupees each. Paralympian Sumit Antil, who won the world record gold medal in Tokyo, also gave a javelin throw to Prime Minister Modi and received a bid for three chlores.
Other souvenirs include PV Sindhu’s badminton rackets and bags, and hockey sticks signed by the Indian women’s team who finished fourth in Tokyo.
The current maximum bid for Sindhu’s racket is Rs 2,00,20,000 and the hockey stick bid is currently Rs 1,00,00,500.
The base price for the Neeraj Chopra javelin throw was 100 million rupees, while the starting price for Lobrina gloves was 80 rupees.
“The proceeds of the e-auction will go to the Namami Ganges mission to conserve and rejuvenate the Ganges,” the PIB release said.
Neeraj Chopra made history at the Tokyo Olympics by becoming the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics. Lovlina Borgohain became the first athlete to win an Olympic medal from Assam. Borgohain won the bronze medal at the women’s welterweight (69 kg) boxing competition.
Sindhu Psar also made history at the Tokyo Olympics after winning a bronze medal in the women’s singles. She became the first Indian woman to win two individual medals at the Olympics.
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