Indian masters medalists can win mega-rupees at WMA meets
Yowza! Medal-winners at major WMA meets can earn paychecks вЂ” at least those from the northern Indian state of Haryana. According to the Times of India, “The government has also increased the cash awards for medallists in Asian Masters Athletics Championship and World Masters Athletic Championships. … The cash award for medal winners … has also been increased for gold medal from Rs 35,000 to Rs 70,000, silver from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 and bronze from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000.” Before you book your flight and apply for citizenship, be aware that the exchange rate is about 60 rupees to a dollar. So the payouts are about $1,200, $850 and $500. Anyone else offer moola for medals? In its early years, WAVA fought to include professionals (athletes excluded from IAAF competition by earning small stipends. Think Jim Thorpe and his lost Olympic medals.) Love the $$$ idea. Are you listening, USATF?