In an embarrassing gaffe, the Indian Olympic Association’s felicitation ceremony for the medalists of the Asian Games 2018 saw the organisers handing out bouquets to some of the winners, instead of cheques. The IOA misspelled the names of numerous medalists on their cheques and as a result had no choice but to resort to bouquets.
That’s not all, the organisers reportedly forgot to mention the name of bronze medalist Divya Kakran. Up until recently, the IOA had never awarded the winners with any sort of cash prize. Since India registered a record-breaking haul of 69 medals this year, the IOA planned to award all the medalists.
At the Asian Games 2018, India bagged 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals in Indonesia. The gold medalists are to be awarded Rs 5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh to silver winners and bronze medalists will get Rs 1 lakh.
"I would like to apologise in advance for our mistake. The names of around 14-15 players have been printed incorrectly so we will give them a bouquet. But don't worry, you will get your cash prizes. I didn't want to give cheques with misspelt names," said Narinder Batra, president of the IOA.Read More