Bhubaneswar: Odia Weightlifter Jhili Dalabehera, was conferred with the 27th Ekalabya Pursakar-2019 at a glittering function held at Bhubaneswar on Friday.

She received a citation along with a cash award of Rs 5 lakh from Babita Phogat, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

Apart from Dalabehera, two other women sportspersons- hockey player Namita Toppo and footballer Jabamani Tudu also received special 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.