Bhubaneswar: Talented shooter Shriyanka Sadangi has bagged the Ekalabya Puraskar for 2013 carrying a cash award of Rs 2 lakh for her outstanding performance in the international arena.
Athlete Dutee Chand and weightlifter Achyutanand Sahu were adjudged as Citation winners with a cash award of Rs 50,000 each by the Ekalabya jury committee.
The Ekalabya Purasakar instituted in 1993 by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), charitable wing of IMFA group, leading integrated Ferro Alloys producer, is recognised as a prestigious sports award of Odisha.
The award is given every year to young sportspersons of Odisha recognizing their outstanding performance in the preceding two years, a release from IMPaCT said on Sunday.
Sriyanaka has a brilliant national and international track record. She has won a gold medal in a Junior International Shooting championship held in Suhl, Germany, in June 2012 and gold in the fourth Asian Air Gun Shooting championship at Kuwait in October 2011.
Athlete Dutee Chand bagged gold medals in 100 and 200 metres at the ninth youths athlete meet, Bangalore, 2012. She won a gold in 100 metres and two silver in 200 meters and 4x100 meters relay respectively at the 37th Sr National Sports Festival 2012, Ranchi.
Achytananda Sahu won a Gold in 62 kg, lifting 95 kg Snatch and 125 kg in Jerk at the Commonwealth Jr Men Weight lifting Championship held at Apia in June 2012. He won a gold in 62 kg category, lifting 102 kg snatch and 130 Kg Jerk at the Jr Men Weight Lifting Championship at Capetown in October, 2011.
He (Major Dhyan Chand) is inspiration personified. He became synonymous with hockey. He became the parameter of hockey by which other player's calibre is measured.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal