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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has presented Biju Patnaik Sports Award

Bhubaneswar:29/8/20 OdishaChief Minister Naveen Patnaik today presented  Biju Patnaik Sports Award to outstanding sportspersons and coaches on the occasion of National Sports Day celebrated through Video Conferencing. has

Jayanti Behera and Deep Grace Ekka received  Biju Patnaik Sports Award for outstanding performance in sports and games.  Both of them received Rs.2 lakh cash award each.  Similarly, Biju Patnaik Bravery Award was received by Purnima Giri and Sabita Giri who received a cash award of rupees one lakh each, medal, and citation.  Biju Patnaik Sports Award for excellence in coaching went to Satya Ranjan Patnaik.  He received a cash award of Rs One lakh.

Besides Siba Prasad Das received a cash award of Rs.32,50,000 for coaching to sportspersons with disability.  Among others, Padmini Rout, Hupi Majhi, Rajashree Mohapatra, Manisha Merel, Pratyasha Ray also received cash awards.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik congratulated the award winners and spoke about the initiatives of the state for making Odisha a   global center of sports.

The Chief Minister said, “Today we are celebrating National Sports Day on the birth anniversary of Indian Hockey legend Dhyan Chand. I pay my sincere tributes to the wizard of Indian hockey on this occasion.

I congratulate the two young girls of Kendrapada who have received the Bravery Award for showing such exceptional courage and saving many lives.   They are indeed a shining example of selfless service and an inspiration for the youth.

Speaking on the occasion, Sports & YS Minister Shri Tusharkanti Behera said that the objective of the state is to become the best in sports and games.  Therefore, we are encouraging young talents of the state into sports and games.  Former Indian Hockey Captain and MP Padmashree Dillip Tirkey recalled the memories of Biju Babu as a great sportsperson.  Today all the sportspersons across the world are interested in playing in Odisha.  This is certainly a matter of pride for all of us, he added.  He expected Odisha will soon produce players who can participate in the Olympics and win for India.

Vishal Dev, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Sports gave the welcome address. Director Sports R. Vineel Krishna proposed the vote of thanks.  Chief Secretary, Asit Tripathy  Development Commissioner, Suresh Mahapatra Secretary to CM (5-T)  Sri V K Pandian were present among others.

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