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Odisha announces Rs 60 lakh incentive for 6 Olympians at Rio 2016

Bhubaneswar, July 26: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced a special incentive of Rs 10 lakh for each six Olympians selected for Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

“In 10 days’ time, ace sprinters Dutee Chand and Srabani Nanda along with four members of National women’s hockey team Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, Lilima Minz and Sunita Lakra will take to the field in the 31st Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be a proud and historic moment for Odisha, when six sports persons from the State will represent the country at the greatest sporting platform in the world,” said Patnaik.

All the six girls will get Rs 10 lakh each.

Announcing the special incentive Patnaik directed the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to immediately release the fund to aid and boost our Olympian's preparations.

Further, the Chief Minister has enhanced the Olympian incentive from the present level of Rs 1 lakh (individual event) and Rs 50,000 (for group event) to Rs 5 lakh to each Odisha Olympian.

Wishing the Olympians the best for Rio 2016, Patnaik said they will gun for glory and bring laurels for India and Odisha.

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