Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of its 11th anniversary celebration, Odisha Juba Sambadika Sangha felicitated 10 veterans of the state with Utkal Seva Samman for 2018, as a token of their contribution in their respective fields in a function organized at Town Hall in Cuttack, on Sunday.
On this occasion, veteran International marathon runner, Dr. Bibekananda Tripathy was honored for promoting sports and games and for his contribution to development of marathon running in Odisha.
Dr. Tripathy received the award from Justice AS Naidu and Ollywood superstar and Rajya Sabha member Anubhav Mohanty among a galaxy of other distinguished guests on the dais.
Dr. Tripathy, participated recently in the 16th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Tata Mumbai Marathon, held on January 20, 2019. He finished 18th in the Half Marathon (21.097 kms) in the age group category of 70-74. He maintained the pace throughout the race and finished it in 3:06:35.
Dr. Tripathy has retired from Odisha veterinary service, and is still pursuing his sports. He has already represented the country in different International games, and has been awarded Biju Patnaik Sports Award among several others.