CM Felicitates Rio Olympians

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Monday, felicitated the six sportswomen — athletes Srabani Nanda, Dutee Chand and hockey players – Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Lillima Minz and Sunita Lakra, who had represented India at the Rio Olympics.

While athlete Purnima Hembram walked away with Biju Patnaik award for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games, P Dharma Rao and Chitrasen Patra were awarded for ‘Excellence in Coaching.’ Asirbad Behera, whose selection for the awards had raised eyebrows walked away with the Biju Patnaik Award for Best Contribution for the promotion of Sports and Games and a cash award of Rs 50,000.

Besides, the Chief Minister also felicitated Tanmay Das, for excellence in Sports Journalism and conferred bravery award and five other awards in social service categories.

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