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Odisha honors its rising stars! CM Naveen Patnaik felicitates winners of Asian Games to hockey players

News Bharati-English 2018-09-12 09:52:14

Odisha honors its rising stars! CM Naveen Patnaik felicitates winners of Asian Games to hockey players

Bhubaneswar: Felicitating the winners of Asian Games, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday presented a total cash prize of rupees five crores to six hockey players of Odisha who were part of the medal-winning Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams at the recently-concluded Indonesia Asian Games.

CM Naveen Patnaik felicitated all the players at the State Secretariat and presented a cheque of Rs. 1 Crore each to four women players – Sunita Lakra, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz, and Deep Grace Ekka. The hockey women team has clinched the silver medal at the Asian Games. Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas who were part of the hockey men’s squad were conferred with Rs. 50 Lakh.

The Chief Minister congratulated all the players for their success in the Asian Games. He asserted that the state and the entire country is proud of these rising stars at the Asian Games. The state government will help all the players in all their future endeavors.

Meanwhile, Biju Patnaik Award winners for 2017—Sunita Lakra and Amit Rohidas have presented cash awards of Rs 2,00,000 along with a trophy and a plaque each as they were absent in the August 29 function.

Patnaik also presented Rs 7,50,000 each to athletes Jauna Murmu and Purnima Hembram for their participation in the Asian Games. He also felicitated both the athletes with mementos.

Indian Women Hockey team bagged a silver medal at Asian Games 2018 as it lost 1-2 to Japan in the final at the Gelora Bung Karno Hockey Field in Jakarta on Aug. 31. While the men Hockey team beat Pakistan by 2-1 to clinch a bronze medal.