Bhubaneswar: Odia rowing diva Pratima Puhan has bagged the prestigious 19th Ekalabya Award for the year 2011 in a function here on Monday.
The award consisting of a memento and a cash award of Rs 1.5 lakh was presented by MP Baijayant Panda, which is instituted by the Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), which has been felicitating young sportspersons of the in recognition of their outstanding performances in the preceding two years.
Apart from her, rower Pramila Prava Minz and woman footballer Sasmita Mallick were also felicitated with the runners up prozes. Both of them received citations and a cash prize of Rs 25,000 each, for their remarkable performances in various international and national championships in their respective fields.
It is noteworthy to mention that, Puhan has a brilliant international and national track record for the past two years. Her achievements include three gold and one silver medal in 500-m and 1000-m coxless pair, 500-m and 1000-m coxless four events of the 34th National Games at Dhanbad. She made history by becoming the country’s first woman rower to win medal in the Asian Games.
Among others Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Badri Narayan Patra, Environment and Forest Minister Debi Prasad Mishra were present.