As the curtains came down on the Rio Olympics today, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik emerged as the only two Indian athletes to win a medal at the mega event.

Sindhu won silver in the badminton women's singles, showing brilliant fight and resilience to reach the final, which she lost to World No 1 Carolina Marin. As for Sakshi, she came back from her quarterfinal loss to compete in the repechage and win the bronze medal bout even after being 0-5 down at one point.

Sakshi and Sindhu - India's only medal winners at Rio 2016. (Agencies)

 

Both ladies did the incredible and earned the adulation of more than a billion for saving an Olympics campaign, that at one point, seemed like it would capitulate and end medal-less. So when they won, governments and private bodies announced cash rewards of large sums - here's what they will rake in. And they deserve every bit of it!

PV Sindhu - Rs 13.61 crore

  • Rs 5 crore from the Telangana government
  • Rs 3 crore from the Andhra Pradesh government
  • Rs 2 crore from the Delhi government
  • Rs 2 crore: broken into Rs 50 lakhs each from the Haryana and MP governments, the sports ministry and the Badminton Association of India
  • Rs 75 lakh from Bharat Petrolium 
  • Rs 50 lakh from Dubai-based Indian businessman Mukkattu Sebastian
  • Rs 30 lakh from the Indian Olympic Association
  • Rs 5 lakh from the AIFF (All India Football Federation)
  • Rs 1.01 lakh from Salman Khan

Sakshi Malik - Rs 5.16 crore

  • Rs 2.5 crore from the Haryana government
  • Rs 1 crore from the Delhi government
  • Rs 60 lakh from the railway ministry
  • Rs 50 lakh from Dubai-based Indian businessman Mukkattu Sebastian
  • Rs 30 lakh from the Union sports ministry
  • Rs 20 lakh from the Indian Olympic Association
  • Rs 5 lakhs from the AIFF
  • Rs 1.01 lakh from Salman Khan

* These numbers are updated till 21st August 2016

Feature image source: AFP