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Government assures Eduard Novak he will receive double the prize

Premier Ponta rewarded Eduard Novak, winner of gold and silver at the London Paralympic Games, yesterday, promising him that the government will modify the legislation during the next government meeting so that the winners of medals at the Paralympic Games will receive financial prizes similar to those offered to Olympic winners, Mediafax informs. “I believe that the work is the same and the reward should be the same. There shouldn’t be discrimination between athletes, there aren’t two categories of athletes and two categories of rewards,” Ponta stated at the award ceremony. He added that Eduard Novak, Romania’s first and only Paralympic champion, will have his prize doubled, just as it was the case for the winners of Olympic medals. Ponta pointed out that the money for the athletes that won medals at the Beijing Olympics exist at Dinamo Club and the only thing left to do is to “sort out the red tape.” Eduard Novak also asked the Premier to build a cycling track in Romania. The Premier pointed out that the government will discuss the construction of a new polyvalent hall with Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu. A former speed ice skater, Novak lost his right foot in a car crash 16 years ago.

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