Two-time Asian Games medal-winning steeplechaser Sudha Singh and national wrestling coach Kuldeep Singh were Wednesday promoted by their employer -- the Indian Railways -- as part of a "liberalised" policy to encourage athletes and their mentors.
The policy was first announced at the felicitation ceremony for this year's Commonwealth Games medal winners under which athletes and coaches were promised out-of-turn promotions for medals won at the Commonwealth and the Asian Games. The athletes became eligible for such elevation if they represented the country in at least two Olympic Games.
"Amongst the first beneficiary of the policy is Sh. Kuldeep Singh, the Chief Coach of Indian Women Wrestling Team whose orders for promotion to the Gazetted post of Assistant Commercial Manager have been issued in Northern Railway," the Railways Sports Promotion Board said in a statement.
Sudha won a silver at the Jakarta Asian Games this year, adding to a gold won in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou. The 32-year-old, who hails from Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh, had been demanding a job in the state government's sports department.
"It is felt that such proactive steps would not only encourage the sportspersons and coaches to do better but will also go a long way in taking the Indian Sports to new high," the RSPB statement read.
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