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  Jayanti, Deep, Satya bag Biju Patnaik Sports Awards
29 Aug 2020 Team Orisports
 

Para athlete Jayanti Behera, hockey Olympian Deep Grace Ekka and chess coach Satya Ranjan Patnaik received the Biju Patnaik Sports Award for the year 2019 in different categories today. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presented these State Government awards on the occasion of Natonal Sports Day through video conferencing due to Covid pandemic.

Both Jayanti and Deep Grace bagged the Biju Patnaik award for outstanding performance in sports and games. Both received cash award of Rs 2 lakh each. Biju Patnaik Sports Award for excellence in coaching went to Patnaik, who received Rs 1 lakh.

Surprisingly, the Biju Patnaik Sports Award for 2019 was not conferred in other three categories _ Best Contribution to Promotion of Sports and Games, Life-time Achievement and Excellence in Sports Journalism. In fact, for the second successive year, no names were found deserving for the Life-time Achievement and Excellence in Sports Journalism awards.

 

The awards for the year 2019 were presented at Lok Seva Bhawan (State Secretariat), Bhubaneswar, in the presence of Sports & Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera, hockey Olympian Dillip Tirkey, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Suresh Mahapatra, Secretary to CM (5-T) VK Pandian, Sports Secretary Vishal Dev and Sports Director R Vineel Krishna.

Besides the three Biju Patnaik Sports awardees, Siba Prasad Das received a cash award of Rs 32.5 lakh for coaching sports persons with disability.  Similarly chess International Master Padmini Rout (Rs 2.4 lakh), rugby international Hupi Majhi (Rs 2.3 lakh), Special Olympics futsal player Rajashree Mohapatra (Rs 2 lakh), woman long-jumper Manisha Merel (Rs 1.12 lakh) and woman swimmer Pratyasha Ray (Rs 81,000) were felicitated with cash awards.
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TOP: Para athlete Jayanti Behera receives the Biju Patnaik Sports Award from Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera in Bhubaneswar on 29 August, 2020.
RIGHT: Woman hockey Olympian Deep Grace Ekka with the Biju Patnaik Sports Award in Bhubaneswar on 29 August, 2020.

 
   

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