Nitish felicitates Kabbadi player Smita Kumari

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar felicitated Kabbadi player Smita Kumari, who won a gold as part of the Indian women`s team in 2010 Asian Games in China at a function.

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 18:36 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday
felicitated Kabbadi player Smita Kumari, who won a gold as
part of the Indian women`s team in 2010 Asian Games in China
at a function.

Kumar also gave a cheque of Rs 11 lakh to Smita for her
outstanding contribution and winning the gold.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said her
contribution would always be remembered and urged the youths
to take an inspiration from her in the field of Kabbadi.

State Art and Culture Minister Sukhda Pandey and
department`s principal secretary K P Ramaiah were also
present.

Smita, aged 27, had played a pivotal role in the
semi-final match against the Iran team enabling India to win a
gold medal for women’s kabaddi.

Smita started playing the game at local level when she
was in Class VI. Later on she was offered a job by the Indian
Railways which provided her steady employment. After bringing
home a gold medal, she was given a cash award of Rs 10 lakh
from the President and Rs 15 lakh from Railways last year.

PTI