Indonesia promises lucrative bonus for Olympic medallists

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Jakarta, Aug 2 (IANS) The Indonesian government on Tuesday promised large sums of bonus and allowance for medallists at the Rio Olympic Games, starting on Friday.

A total of five billion rupiah (some $380,401) bonus, a huge number for local standard, and a 27 million rupiah (about $2,054) allowance per month will be awarded to the athlete who can get gold medals, according to Indonesian Sport Minister Imam Nahrawi, reports Xinhua.

A total of two billion rupiah (equal to $152,160) bonus and a 15 million rupiah (some $1,141) allowance per month will be given to those who will get silver medals, Nahrawi said.

For bronze medalists, they will get one billion rupiah (some $176,080) in bonus and a 10 million rupiah (about $761) allowance every month, he added.

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Twenty eight Indonesian athletes are to compete in seven sports in the Olympic in Rio de Jeneiro.

They hope that they can reap medals in badminton and weightlifting.



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