120 thousand PLN – this is the amount that Anita Włodarczyk will collect for the gold medal in Tokyo. In addition, the state will give other medalists a pension for life. The threshing machine won its favor 9 years ago in London. But there are also countries that are more generous. For example, a Filipino weightlifter earned nearly $1 million for a gold medal in Tokyo, a house in central Manila, beachfront accommodations, free gas and airline tickets. But there are also those who will not pay their stars a penny.
- Polish Olympic medalists can count on relatively high cash prizes to win the medal. Depending on discipline and competition, it can be from 37.5 to 120 thousand. zloty
- In addition to the prizes paid by the Polish Olympic Committee, medalists are entitled to a so-called sports pension, but only under certain conditions.
- Regardless of the “state” awards, athletes can count on those that will be funded by the Olympians’ home sponsors or cities. In the past, medalists, for example, got an apartment in the city center
- In other countries, the approach is very different. The Philippines made the medalist a millionaire and a legend. On the other hand, there are countries that do not pay a penny for their medals
- More such information can be found on the home page of Onet.pl
Agnieszka Kobus-Zawojska, Maria Sajdak, Marta Wieliczko, Katarzyna Zillmann, Dariusz Kowaluk, Iga Baumgart-Witan, Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik, Karol Zalewski, Justyna więty-Ersetic, Malyna więty-Ersetic, Natalia Wprondarcłolik. Although Poland officially only has six medals in the medal standings (including four I won on Tuesday), 16 athletes already have their discs.
But medals are not everything. In accordance with the regulations approved by the Polish Olympic Committee, they will also receive large cash prizes.
Cash prizes for Polish medalists in Tokyo
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Anita Włodarczyk will be the richest, collecting 120 thousand for gold in Tokyo. zloty. The winning 4x400m mixed relay members will win 90,000. PLN each, and rowing and rowing machines – 60 thousand. PLN per head. Wrestler Tadeusz Michalik and Thresher Malwina Kopron – 50,000 zlotys each. It is easy to count: the Polish Olympic Committee must pay 1.2 million PLN for the first four medals of our representatives.
– This is the biggest money I ever made. I was shocked at what these sums were, and only found out about them on the day of the party – Dariush Kowalok, who ran the 4x400m relay, told Onet.
For this 60 thousand. PLN will go to the gold relay coach and Anita Włodarczyk, 40 thousand each. PLN for silver medalists and 25 thousand. PLN for coaches Tadeusz Michalik and Malwina Kopron. Usually The Minister of Finance also exempts athletes from tax on this awardSo everything goes straight into the pockets of the athletes and their coaches.
Prize amounts have not changed since 2008. In Beijing, the Polish Olympic Committee paid PLN 200,000 for gold. PLN in individual competition. On the other hand Four years ago in Athens, the prize money for the winners amounted to 120,000 PLN. PLN, but the commission added a passenger car to it.
Olympic retirement. Whose?
Olympic medalists, apart from monetary awards, can count on lifelong support from the state. The Sports Act guarantees them what is called Olympic retirement.
Merit is awarded not only to Olympians, but also As well as Paralympians and participants in the Games of the deaf.
What are the conditions to be met to receive the monthly support from the state? First of all: obtaining Polish citizenship and winning a medal in one of the above events. Second: He must be 40 years old or more. The third: finish your career.
Only then can Olympic medalists count on retirement. Provided that they submit an appropriate application in advance. Most importantly, about money People convicted of financial crimes and athletes who have been disqualified for doping in their careers cannot advance.
How much is the Olympic pension? Here it all depends on the budget law and the so-called basic amount for the civil service, which is determined every year when the government approves the budget.
In 2021, it amounted to 2031.96 PLN. Olympic pension 140%. base amount, i.e. This year it amounts to 2,844.74 PLN. Social and health insurance contributions are not collected on this amount and are not subject to tax. So it’s also a net amount.
Most importantly, the pension amount does not increase with the number of medals won. Anita Wildarczyk will get no higher interest as she won her next medal on Tuesday.
730 thousand gap. about gold? Help yourself
But let’s go back to the unique trophies for medals in Tokyo. In terms of height, Poland is no different from many countries, including athletic ones.
For example, the United States – as reported by CNBC – pays 37.5 thousand for the gold medal. Gap. This equates to approximately 140,000. PLN, not much more than in the case of Poland.
The record holders in this regard are Singaporeans. Because they pay for gold The equivalent of 737 thousand. US dollars, which is more than 2.5 million Polish zlotys. But so far, none of the athletes has turned into a crescent, because this small Asian country has not yet won a medal.
But already, for example, Yildus Smetov represents Kazakhstan, and weightlifters Igor Son and Zulfia Chinchanlo They collected up to 75 thousand. Gap. for the bronze medals they won. If at least one of them wins a gold medal, the prize will reach 260,000. dollars, or approximately one million zlotys.
At the forefront of the most generous countries are also Malaysia, Italy and the Philippines.
It was the last country that got crazy about the games. Especially when it comes to her first gold medal in modern history. Hedelene Diaz won a weightlifting competition and returned to the country as a national champion.
In addition to the award presented by the Philippine authorities in the amount of 200,000. Gap. Weightlifter will get – As reported by TVP Sport An additional 40 million pesos (about $800,000). This is the result of a nationwide drop to the national heroine of an island nation.
Little? Diaz, who served in the army, was immediately promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. Her sponsors assured her Free travel with national airlines, they also financed a luxury car and paid for fuel.
This is not the end. The Philippines representative will also get an apartment in central Manila and a second property for the summer, located in a seaside resort.
In any case, real estate is a very popular prize for Olympic medalists. Also the polish ones. In Beijing, for example, the Gorzów Wielkopolski authorities decided to present such a gift to the rowing machine operator Michał Jeliński. A little more than a year after the Olympics, the athlete took the keys to his new home.
Local government officials and individual sponsors often decide to fund additional awards for their ambassadors. Here, however, decisions are made very individually.
Countries such as Sweden, Great Britain, and Norway have followed a different path. It is true that the state or the Olympic Committee fully funds the athletes’ preparations for the Olympics there, but He doesn’t pay a penny for medals won in a great event.
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