Bhubaneswar: Hockey player Lilima Minz received the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar for 2018.
Minz received the award along with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh from Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar at a special function that was organised in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
Lilima Minz represented the Indian senior team for the first time in 2011 during a four-nation tournament in Argentina.
She was part of the squad that represented the country in the 2016 summer Olympics and member of the Indian team that won the gold medal Womens Hockey Asia Cup after a gap of 13 years in Japan on November 5, 2017.
Besides, two other sportspersons including badminton player Rutuparna Panda and weightlifter Jhili Dalabehera were felicitated for their outstanding achievements in their field. Both received a cash award of Rs 50,000 each along with citations.
Coach P Dharma Rao received the citation on behalf of Jhili Dalabehera as she could not attend the award function.
The Ekalabya Puraskar has been instituted by IMPaCT, the social wing of IMFA, which has been promoting literature, sports, the arts, culture and other socially meaningful activities in the state for decades.