An Indian minister is offering cows as rewards to top boxers

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An Indian minister has announced he will reward top boxers with a cow, pointing at the “benefits” of cow’s milk, local media reported on Friday.

Om Prakash Dhankar added the animal to the list of rewards for top sports achievers. The list includes “cash prizes, government jobs, land and even luxury cars,” Indian Express reported.

Dhankar is also president of a local boxing association in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

He was quoted as saying: “(Unlike buffalo’s milk) cow’s milk contains less fat and is beneficial for boxers… a cow is very active, while a buffalo sleeps most of the time.

“They say in Haryana that if you want power, drink buffalo milk; and if you want beauty and brains, drink cow’s milk. These boxers have done the country proud at the world level and we want them to excel more.”

A 17-year-old boxer who received a cow said it was a “gift I will cherish.”

“Last year, I read in the newspapers that Rio Olympics bronze medalist Sakshi Malik was given a cow made of silver. But getting a real cow is a treasure for my family,” the boxer, named Nitu, was quoted as saying.

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