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NRI entrepreneur announces Rs 1 crore reward for hockey star PR Sreejesh

UAE-based Indian entrepreneur Dr Shamsheer Vayalil also personally called up Sreejesh and congratulated him for his exemplary performance.

Published: 09th August 2021 11:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2021 11:27 AM   |  A+A-

India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh reacts while sitting on the goal after India defeated Germany 5-4 during the men's field hockey bronze medal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh reacts while sitting on the goal after India defeated Germany 5-4 during the men's field hockey bronze medal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. (Photo | AP)

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Appreciating the heroics of Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, who stood rock solid in front of the goalpost and ensured a bronze medal for India in Tokyo Olympics, UAE-based Indian entrepreneur Dr Shamsheer Vayalil has announced a cash reward of Rs 1 crore to him on Monday. 

Sreejesh who returns to India on Monday, will be presented the cash award at a special function to be held in Kochi. The Kerala player pulled off a stunning save in the last few seconds of the match that helped India claim bronze medal at Tokyo.

"Through his outstanding performance at the Olympics, Sreejesh has brought joy to Indians around the world. As a fellow Malayali, I take tremendous pride in his achievement. Thanks to his efforts, the interest in hockey has been renewed. His performance, along with that of the entire Indian hockey team, will serve
as encouragement for hundreds of youths in the country," said Dr. Shamsheer, who is the Chairman and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, a leading healthcare provider in GCC nations and India.

While many organizations, including the BCCI, having declared cash awards for the hockey team, individually, this is the largest cash prize that has been announced for Sreejesh till date. Dr. Shamsheer also personally called up Sreejesh and congratulated him for his exemplary performance.

"Dr. Shamsheer has congratulated the entire team for this great achievement and offered his support to us. The announcement of the Rs 1 crore reward caught me by surprise. A reward for winning a medal in the Olympics is delightful," said Sreejesh.

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