By B.TUNGALAG

Prime Minister J.Erdenebat and Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Sports J.Batsuuri handed cash prizes to Mongolian Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic medalists on November 3 at the State Palace.

Olympic silver medalist judoka D.Sumiya received 60 million MNT, and Olympic bronze medalist boxer D.Otgondalai, Paralympic bronze medalists B.Uugankhuu and E.Sodnompiljee received 30 million MNT each.

Their coaches,B.Narantuya, D.Batsuren and Sh.Enkhsaikhan, were awarded half of the cash prizes presented to the athletes.

During the prize granting ceremony, Prime Minister J.Erdenebat said, “I want to thank all of you on behalf of the government for raising the state flag at the Rio 2016. The sports sector is the primary sector promoting Mongolia to the world today. Thank you for your hard work.”

Athletes expressed their feelings after awarding ceremony. 

Paralympic bronze medalist judoka B.Uugankhuu: I am very happy that the state values our hard work. I have started my training. I don’t have a plan to compete in any tournament before 2017. I will participate in international tournaments in 2017.People of Dornogovi Province gave me a new apartment after the Rio 2016 Paralympics. I have recently moved into the new apartment. It is very nice.

Olympic silver medalist judoka D.Sumiya: I have also started training everyday at the Central Sports Palace. I will compete in the Tokyo Grand Slam 2016, which will be held from December 2 to 4. I am currently focused on the Tokyo Grand Slam 2016.

Olympic bronze medalist boxer D.Otgondalai: I am training as usual. I will fight in the National Boxing Championship to be held on January 9, 2017. After that I will fight in the World Boxing Championship. I am very happy that Mongolians and the state value our hard work. I will make you happy through my successes.

Paralympic bronze medalist power-lifter E.Sodnompiljee: I started training on October 1. I will compete in three international powerlifting tournaments in 2017. After that, I will compete in the World Para Powerlifting Championship. My nearest plan is to succeed at the World Championship.

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