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Athlete Srabani Nanda wins Ekalabya Award

Bhubaneswar, Oct 8: International athlete Srabani Nanda has bagged the prestigious 24th Ekalabya Award for the year 2016. The Ekalabya Award Committee comprising jury members drawn from different walks of life were unanimous in selecting Nanda for the award at a meeting held here on Saturday.

Srabani Nanda will get a cash award of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation at the next Ekalabya Award function.

Besides Nanda, two other sportspersons will also be felicitated for their remarkable performances in international and national levels in their respective fields. They are woman hockey player Deep Grace Ekka and emerging hockey talent Dipsan Tirkey. Both will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each along with citations.

Announcing the names of the award winners, MP and IMPaCT trustee Baijayant Panda said, “IMPaCT has been in continuous pursuit to recognise and foster excellence in sports and literature besides contributing to the general welfare of the society. Ekalabya award is instituted to encourage and inspire young sportspersons to perform at national and international arenas.”

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