Bhubaneswar: The All Odisha Chess Association (AOCA) felicitated 19 players, two coaches, three arbiters and 18 organisations for their notable achievements/contributions for the year 2011 on Sunday.
Arjuna Awardee Minati Mohapatra presented mementos to the players, coaches and officials at the function.
The felicitated players include Sambit Panda, Baibhav Singh, B. Niranjana, Aishwarya Das, Anwesha Mishra, Adyasa Mohapatra, Saina Salonika, Rutumbhara Bidhar, Rudrakshya Parida, Rakesh Kumar Jena, Sankalp Baliar Singh, Sidhant Mohapatra,Smaraki Mohanty, Utkal Ranjan Sahoo, Aparajita Gocchikar, Mohammad Ashraf, Debashis Das, Swayams Mishra,Anwesh Upadyaya and Padmini Rout.
The coaches include Manoj Kumar Panigrahi and Sekhar Chandra Sahu. The arbiters include Gajendra Kumar Behera, Tapas Kumar Mohanty and Suresh Chandra Sahoo.
Amongst others, Nabarangpur Collector, Sibabrata Dash, AOCA President Sekhar Chandra Sahoo, Secretary, Vivek Tibarewal, Joint-secretary Manoj Panigrahi, Mr. Ranjan Mohanty were present.
The felicitation program was organised by All Odisha Chess Association in collaboration with Kalinga Chess Academy.