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‘Honouring the winners with medals is not enough,’ Akshay Kumar pushes for monetary rewards to Olympians

India TV Entertainment Desk Mumbai August 16, 2016 11:54 IST
India TV Entertainment Desk

Superstar Akshay Kumar, whose latest release ‘Rustom’ is doing wonders at the box office, has pushed for giving monetary rewards to Olympians recently.

The ‘Khiladi Kumar’ says that honouring winners of competitions like Olympics with just medals is not enough, and that providing them financial rewards also are a more important and practical practice.

"Winning a certificate or a medal is a very big achievement, but don't you think receiving money is more practical? Because I see that several people who participate, a lot of them are from poor families.

I have seen several times that some people want to sell their medals and earn money, and several such stories you all have heard. So it is better that when you honour someone, do it not just with a medal but also with money. It is important because you have to be practical in life," Akshay said.

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He made this statement while talking to media on the success of his film “Rustom”.

While there are several countries like USA and China, who win numerous medals at the Olympics every time, India is a country that usually ends with medals in single digits -- if at all.

India is also yet to win a medal at the Rio Olympics that conclude August 21.