Bhubaneswar: In a continuous bid to promote sports and sports culture within the state, the Odisha government launched five High-Performance centres on Monday.
The launching ceremony was held at the Kalinga Stadium here with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gracing the occasion as Chief Guest and several dignitaries in attendance.
On the occasion, the CM also inaugurated the sports climbing wall and felicitated 162 outstanding sportspersons from the state with cash awards.
The day witnessed launching of five-structured, high-quality, international level high-performing centres for Badminton by Dalmia Bharat & Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation, Athletics by Reliance Foundation, Athletics Federation of India and International Association of Athletics Federation, Weightlifting by KJS Ahluwalia & Tenvic Sports, Football development in the state by All India Football Federation & Odisha sports development & promotion company and Sports Management by the XAVIER-EMLYON Business School & KJS Ahluwalia.
Moreover, the felicitation ceremony recognised the efforts and achievements of 162 players from different sports categories, who bought accolades for the state with their remarkable performances throughout the year at different national events.
Some of the cash payments given out included- Pramoda Bhagat, Para-Badminton, Rs 70,00,000, Jayanti Behera, Para-Athletics, Rs 60,00,000, Prachurya Kumar Pradhan, Blind Chess, Rs 20,00,000, and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan, Blind Chess, Rs 20,00,000.
Speaking on the occasion, the CM said, “Today is a historic day for Sports development in Odisha as a state that’s passionate about sports, we understand how beneficial the opening of these High-performance centers is to a sportsman as well as the Nation. I am delighted to dedicate these centers to the sports loving people of Odisha, and I thank every one of you associated with this initiative and for joining us in the journey of making Odisha- the Sports destination of India.”
Here is the name of players felicitated by Chief Minister, along with their discipline and the cash award amount given to them:
Asian Games Jakarta Participants
- Jauna Murmu –Athletics, Rs.7,50,000
- Purnima Hembram-Athletics, Rs.7,50,000
- Rakesh Kumar Patra-Gymnastics, Rs. 7,50,000
- Rutupurna Pand-Badminton, Rs 4,00,000
- Sanjkta Dung Dung-Rowing, Rs.5,00,000
Para Asian Games Medal Winners
- Soundarya Kumar Pradhan-Blind Chess, Rs. 2,33,000
- Soundarya Kumar Pradhan-Blind Chess, R.s.20,00,000
- Prachurya Kumar Pradhan-Blind Chess, Rs.20,00,000
- Jayanti Behera-Para Athletic, Rs.60,00,000
- Pramoda Bhagat-Para Badminton ,Rs.70,00,000
KIYG, Pune Gold Medal Winners
- Bhaktaram Dest-Weightlifting, Rs.40,000
- Sneha Soren-Weightlifting, Rs 40,000
Johnson Ekka, Nilam Sanjeep Xess, Sudhir Ekka, Reyadan Tidu, Deepak John Kerketta, Gregory Xess, Krishna Tirkey, Suman Beck, Shilanand Lakra, Nitin Mukesh Tigga, Prasad Kujur, Shakti Kujur, Dipsan Tirkey, Abhisek Lakra, Ashis Kumar Topno, Amit Chirmako, Manoj Kindo. These hockey players got cash prize of Rs 20,000 each.
KIYG, Pune Silver Medal Winners
- Pragyan Prashant Sahu- Athletics, Rs 27.000
- Muna Nayak-Weightlifting, Rs27,000
- Debaki Khilla-Weightlifting, Rs.27,000
- Pratasya Roy-Swimming, 27,000
- Jagdish Barik-Gymnastic, Rs.27,000
Dipti Rani Kujur, Nikita Dishi, Malati Munda, Sarita Soreng, Manisha Naik, Manju Ganjhu, Sumitra Hembram, Pratima Jojo, Sanghamitra Malik, Sibani Mundari, Jyoti Dalai, Sangeeta Das, Subasmita Subhadarsini Das, Deepa Nayak, Jyoti Kumari, Bannya Kabiraj, Sandipta Das and Susmita Tanty. The aforementioned Football Player have been felicitated and handed over a cash prize of Rs 13,500 each.
List of Players and Officials of Rising Student Club Cuttack
Suprava Samal, Rachita Malik, Tikina Samal, Rajashree Das, Jyotsana Malik, Sinulata Sahoo, Jabamani Tudu, Jasmini Samad, Bannya Kabiraj, Subhadra Sahu, Sasmita Swain, Sasmita Parida, Supriya Routray, Lochana Munda, Nandini Munda, Pyari Xaxa, Anju Tamanga, Sanju, Nougbi Devi, Shukla Dutta, Srdhanjali Samantaray and Gitanjali Khuntia. The aforementioned players of Women Football Team have been felicitated today and a cash award of Rs 30, 000 each.
KIYG, Pune Bronze Medal Winners
Manisha Merel-Athletics, Pratyasha Ray-Swimming and Rajesh Kumar Sahoo-Judo. These three players were awarded a cash prize of Rs 17,000.
Sabyasachi Minz, Laban Lugun, Liban Ekka, Prashant Lakra, Bikash Kujur, Deepak Ekka, Sudeep Minz, Birsa Xalxo, George Tirkey, Mangal Lohar, Akash Tirkey, Sunil Jojo, Sushant Toppo, Sunit Lakra, Sudeep Chirmako, Rohit Xaxa, Roshanjeet Minz and Paulus Lakra. Each of these players was awarded a cash reward of Rs 8,500.
Similarly, 17 players of Hockey Girl’s Team, 11 players of Kho-kho girl’s team were awarded Rs 8,500 each. Besides, 28 players were awarded cash prizes in the Outstanding Sports Persons for 2017-18.