Bhubaneswar:21/10/23: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced a cash incentive of Rs. 10 lakh each for the 7 para-athletes from Odisha who will be participating in the Asian Para Games scheduled to begin from 22nd October 2023.
Naveen Patnaik has announced a cash incentive of Rs. 10 lakh each for the 7 para-athletes from Odisha
The Asian Para Games will bring together elite para-athletes from across the continent, offering a platform to them to showcase their dedication and talent.
Amongst the athletes competing from Odisha will be reigning Paralympic gold medallist, Pramod Bhagat. He will be defending his gold medal in the para-badminton mixed single event. In previous edition held in Jakarta, Bhagat also secured a bronze in men’s doubles.
Other para-athletes from Odisha include Jayanti Behera (para-athletics), Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (visually impaired chess), Rakhal Kumar Sethi, V Ramesh Rao, Prafulla Kumar Khandayatray, and Pujaswini Nayak (wheelchair fencing).
Wishing the athletes success, the Chief Minister said, “We are immensely proud of our para-athletes who have worked tirelessly to qualify for the prestigious Asian Para Games 2022 in Hangzhou, China. The para-athletes are a testimony to human spirit and determination. I wish them and the entire India contingent the very best in their endeavor to bring laurels to the country.”