New Delhi: The javelin of Neeraj Chopra which fetched a much-awaited gold medal for India in Tokyo Olympics has attracted a bid of Rs 1.5 crore. The javelin was put for auction along with mementos received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from September 17 to October 7. The proceeds from the auction of sports memorabilia of the Olympic contingent and mementos received by PM Modi will be used for Namami Gange Mission – a project aimed at cleaning and restoration of river Ganges, the spiritual lifeline of India.
Autographed fence of CA Bhavani Devi fetched a bid of Rs 1.25 crore while javelin of Sumit Awasthi fetched a bid of Rs 1.002 crore at the auction. Angavastram, the stole autographed by the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic contingent fetched Rs 1 crore while the boxing gloves of Lovlina Borgohain fetched Rs 91 Lakh bid at the auction.
The gold medal-winning javelin in the Paralympics of Sumit Awasthi also fetched a bid of more than Rs 1 crore.
PM Modi had met the contingent of the Tokyo Olympics after the games and the entire Paralympic contingent had signed a stole and gifted him as memorabilia. The stole has now fetched a bid of Rs 1 crore.
The other memorabilia included the model of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Rudraksha auditorium of Varanasi among others. A total of 1348 mementos were put up for e-auction in the third round of auction of mementos of PM Modi and 8600 bids were received.
Narendra Modi is the first-ever Prime Minister of India, to auction all the gifts he has received for the noble cause of conserving and rejuvenating the lifeline of the country – the Ganges. This was the third round of e-auction of gifts and mementos presented to PM Modi through a web portal. PM Modi believes that the innovative exercise gives a sense of participation in nation building to common citizens and utilization of funds from the auction for Namami Gange Mission serves to motivate people to bid and contribute to a noble cause, close to the heart of every Indian.