Bhubaneswar: Odia Weightlifter Jhili Dalabehera, who has brought laurels for the state and the country in several national and international events, will receive the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar for the year 2019. 

She will receive the award along with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh at a special function to be organised in Bhubaneswar.

Two other sportsperson- hockey player Namita Toppo and Footballer Jabamani Tudu will also receive citation awards for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields.

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.