Guwahati: Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Nayanmoni Saikia was formally appointed as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) by the Assam Government on Saturday.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma handed over the letter of appointment to a 29-year-old Lawn Bowl player at Janata Bhawan in Dispur.
The DSP post was a reward for her fine showing at the Commonwealth Games.
However, she was also awarded by giving a cheque of Rs. 50 lakhs for her excellent performance.
Nayanmoni, is one of the team members of the Indian Women’s team who created history by winning the gold medal in Lawn Bowl at the Commonwealth Games, 2022 in Birmingham.
The team, consisting of Rupa Rani Tirkey, Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia, and Lovely Choubey, won the medal by beating powerhouse South Africa.
Nayanmoni was born into a middle-class family in Golaghat, Assam. She was always passionate about sports and she started her career in sports through weightlifting. However, due to leg injury and deteriorating performance she chose Lawn Bowls because this sport was a game without injuries.
After she took the sport, she represented Assam and India many times. She won gold medals in National Games in individual and team events held in 2011 and 2015.
Additionally, she also bagged gold medal in the Asian Lawn Bowls Championship in 2012 in the girls’ under-25 section.
She also represented the country in Commonwealth games held in the year 2014 and 2018.
The Indian Women team of leader Lovely Choubey, followed by Pinki, Nayanmoni Saikia (third) and Rupa Rani Tirkey (fourth) on Tuesday scripted history by bagging Gold medal in Lawn Bowl at the Commonwealth Games, 2022 held in Birmingham