Defence Minister felicitates Olympic medal winner
Defence Minister AK Antony felicitated the Olympic Silver medal winner Subedar Major Vijay Kumar in a brief ceremony held here on Friday.
Congratulating Vijay on winning the silver medal in the 25m rapid-fire shooting event at the London Olympics the Defence Minister presented a cash incentive of Rs.30 lakhs to him.
He acknowledged Vijay's consistent good performance in the international competitions for which he had been conferred the Arjuna Award in 2007 in addition to out of turn promotions and other awards and commendations by the Army.
The minister also lauded the contribution of the Armed Forces for having scouted and nurtured talent in various sporting disciplines and providing training and coaching using the state-of-the-art infrastructure.
He reposed faith on the Armed forces to produce many more international level sportspersonas for the nation and hoped that the nation will have a richer haul of medals at Rio Olympics in 2016.
The ceremony was attended by Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne and several other senior officers of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defence.