Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami announced a reward of Rs 25 lakh to Vandana Katariya for her exemplary game in the women's hockey team during this year's Tokyo Olympics.
During the match against South Africa on July 31st, Vandana made history as the first Indian woman hockey player to score an Olympic hat-trick.
She scored in the first, second, and fourth quarters of India's last match in Pool A.
CM Dhami said that the state is proud of Katariya for making an unforgettable contribution to India's great performance.
He added that the state will add a new sports policy to help nourish budding talent in different games.
Indian woman lost the bronze match in this year's Olympics to Great Britain. However, the team won hearts for defeating a strong team like Australia and for making it to the semi-finals.
Vandana Katariya's family faced casteist attacks after the team lost the semi-final match to Argentina.
Two men allegedly danced and burst firecrackers outside Vandana’s house in the Roshnabad area in a gesture of mockery, according to the police. One person has been arrested for the same.
Vandana condemned the casteist attacks faced by her family.
"We are playing for the country… and whatever is happening… like casteist comments… whatever little I have heard, shouldn’t happen," she said.
After the exemplary performance by both men and women hockey teams in the Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the renaming of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award after hockey wizard Major Dhyan Chand.
Khel Ratna Award is the country’s highest sporting honour.
“Major Dhyan Chand was among India’s foremost sportspersons who brought honour and pride for India. It is fitting that our nation’s highest sporting honour will be named after him,” he said.