Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Dhamra, Aug 29:
On the occasion of National Sports Day, Dhamra Port Company Ltd. (DPCL), the first private sector port in Odisha, today presented the ‘Dhamra Port Khel Samman’ to various sporting talents of Bhadrak district. The awardees included both young sports personnel and veteran sports trainers.
As many as nine young sports talents of the district, who have represented in state, national and international level matches in different sports were conferred the “Dhamra Port Khel Samman” along with four veteran players and sports trainers. The awards were presented by District Sports Officer Sri Manoj Kumar Das in the presence of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of DPCL Sri Subrat Tripathy and HR head of the company Sri Rajesh Rai at a function organized in the premises of Dhamra Port.
The young sports talents who were presented the honour were:
1- Rajeswari Das (14) , an athlete who created a world record by running 60 kms at the age of 6 years and won the gold medal in state-level and silver medal in national level in 100 meter race
2- Laxmipriya Nayak (17), Sepak Takraw player, who represented India in the Sepak Takraw sports and played several state-level and national level matches.
3- Mamuni Mohata (16), Sepak Takraw player from Dhamra area who is a national player in Sepak Takraw.
4- Kanhu Ojha (17), Volleyball player from Dosinga area who has played volleyball at the state level and won medals taking part in inter-school and inter-district tournaments.
5- Harshit Rathod (15), from Charampa area of Bhadrak who played cricket in the Kalahandi Cup and set a record by taking 19 wickets in 5 matches of which 8 were against Kerala. He was also in the under-19 Ranji team
6- Himasmi Swain (14), Tae-kwon-do player from Kuansa village who has won 10 gold medals in state-level competitions and a silver medal in national level events.
7- Puspanjali Pradhan (16), Basketball player from Rahandia village, who has played state as well as national level matches.
8- Sashikant Bhoi (22), volley ball player from Tihidi area, who has played at both state and national level.
9- Suvangi Das (14), Badminton player from Bhadrak, who has played in important tournaments and got two times runners’ up in state and national level under-13 matches.
Besides, four veteran sports persons, namely, Sushila Mishra, who had gold medal and participated in many national events in High Jump, Gopal Chandra Mohapatra, who represented India in the Olympics in wrestling, Basant Das, state-level volleyball coach and referee and Jatindranath Jena, state coach in running and high jump were also felicitated on the occasion.
CSR Head of DPCL Himansu Shekhar Sahoo informed that the idea of presenting “Dhamra Port Khel Samman” was to recognize and felicitate various sports talents within the district. Dhamra Port is committed to develop sports activities and encourage sports talents of Bhadrak district for better achievements, he said.