Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala is known for the promotion of sports. The state has produced world-class athletes. PT Usha is among them. Football is treated like a religion in Kerala. Its footballers, time and again, make the state proud with their tremendous performances.
Kerala has won this year’s prestigious Santosh Trophy, beating Bengal in the final in a penalty shootout on Monday night. Not to mention the fans, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and his cabinet are jubilant over the footballers’ achievement.
The Kerala government has facilitated its footballers with the announcement of a cash award of more than one crore to the state football team for lifting the Santosh Trophy. This announcement came on Friday.
An official statement said that a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan decided to give the team a total of Rs 1.14 crore in cash prizes—Rs five lakh each to the 20 players and the main coach; and Rs three lakh each to the assistant coach, manager, and goalkeeper trainer.
Vijayan later said in a Facebook post that the Kerala team’s achievement on their own soil after 29 years has infused a fresh energy into the entire sports sector of the state.
He stated that the cash award was the land’s honour to the members of the winning team for their efforts.