Bhubaneswar: Indian hockey team defender Dipsan Tirkey was awarded with the 25th Ekalabya Puraskar 2017 instituted by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT) here on Sunday.
Tirkey, who had recently for the Indian team in the Men’s Hockey World League held at Kalinga Stadium in the State capital, received a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation at the silver jubilee function of the award ceremony.
Athlete Amiya Mallick and hockey player Deep Grace Ekka were felicitated for their outstanding performance in 2017.
Amiya represented India in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships held at the Kalinga Stadium while Deep Grace Ekka played for Team India at the Asia Cup where the team was crowned champion. In 2016, she was a part of the national team for Rio Olympics.
Notably, the Ekalabya Puraskar which was presented by IMPaCT, the social wing of IMFA was attended by Badminton maestro P Gopichand and Odisha’s Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera.