Rathore on Thursday rewarded Lakshmanan with a cash award of Rs 10 lakh, prize money given by the government for the bronze medal winners.
Lakshmanan after initially being shown to have secured a bronze medal by finishing third was later disqualified under IAAF Rule 163.3b (lane infringement).
After honouring Lakshmanan, Rathore tweeted, “Govindan Lakshmanan gave a medal-winning performance in Men’s 10,000 m in #AsianGames2018, but a minor technicality led to his disqualification. Regardless, he is our champ & we stand by our champions. A moment of pride for me to have met and felicitated him today.”
Lakshmanan crossed the finishing line clocking 29:44.91s but the video footage later showed that his left leg landed outside and on the left side of the innermost lane in a bend of the track.
Indian management also lodged a protest against the decision to disqualify Lakshmanan but the jury of appeals rejected it.
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The government on Tuesday felicitated the medal winners of the 18th Asian Games with cash awards after the country registered its best-ever medal haul in the history of the continental mega sporting event.
While individual gold medal winners were given away Rs 30 lakh, the silver and bronze winners took home Rs 20 and Rs 10 lakh each. India registered its best ever medal haul in the history of the Asian Games, fetching 69 medals which included 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze.