Rackets gifted to PM quote Rs 10 cr bids

Saturday, 18 September 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

Money from auction to go for Namami Gange Mission; memorabilia include sports gear

Fancy the javelin used by gold medalist Sumit Antil in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games or the one used by  Neeraj Chopra in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games! Currently, put up for e-auctioning on the Culture Ministry website, the highest base price for each javelin is Rs 1 crore.

The proceeds from the e-auction will go to the Namami Gange Mission aimed at conserving and rejuvenating the Ganga River. The memorabilia include sports gear and equipment of the medal-winning Olympians and Paralympians, a replica of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir, Chardham, sculptures and paintings among others.

The highest quoted bids for the badminton rackets of Krishna Nagar, the Paralympic gold medallist, and that of Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj, who won the gold and silver medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games respectively have already gone up to Rs 10 crore. In contrast, the lowest-priced item is a small-sized decorative elephant for Rs 200.

The base price of Nagar’s racket is Rs 80 lakh while that of Yathiraj is set at Rs 50 lakh. The fence used by CA Bhavani Devi in fencing at the Olympics 2020 received the highest bid of Rs 10 crore while its base price is Rs 60 lakh. Devi is the first Indian fencer to ever qualify for the Tokyo Olympics after qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The boxing gloves worn by boxer Lovlina Borgohain, who won a bronze decoration in the welterweight (64-69kg) classification semi-final for women at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the third Indian boxer to win at Tokyo Olympics has received a bid of Rs 1.80 crore. The base price for the gloves is Rs 80 lakh.

The highest bids for the javelin which gave India its first gold in the 2020 Olympics is over Rs 1.20 crore while its base price is Rs 1 crore.

The sharp-shooting glasses worn by Manish Narwal, who bagged a gold medal in the mixed 50m pistol SH1 final at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games has so far received the highest bid of Rs 95.94 lakh. The shooting glasses were presented by him to the Prime Minister

 The wooden model of the Ram Mandir placed inside a glass box has received the highest quoted of Rs 3 lakh so far.

Individuals and organisations can participate through the website pmmementos. between September 17 and October 7. Once the auction ends, the Ministry will notify the highest bidders through email.

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