Odisha announces cash awards for victorious athletes

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Bhubaneswar, July 7 (IANS) The Odisha government on Friday announced cash rewards for Odia athletes winning medals in the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships being held at the Kalinga Stadium here.

While gold medal winners will get a cash award of Rs 7 lakh, the silver and bronze medalists will get Rs 5.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh respectively, said Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Chandrasarathi Behera.

He said special awards will also be conferred on athletes for breaking any records.

Sources said state-owned Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) will bear the prize money for the athletes.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Odia sprinter Dutee Chand, who bagged bronze in women’s 100 sprint event.

–IANS

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