Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 24:
The Odisha government today announced the names of four eminent sports personalities for the prestigious Biju Patnaik State Award for this year.
They are international hockey star Birendra Lakra, Nita Ambani Football Academy coach Nanda Kishore Patnaik, veteran basketball player Ashok Kumar Sahu and senior journalist Satish Sharma.
The award, instituted by the Sports and Youths Affairs department, would be conferred at a special function here on August 29.
Lakra would receive the ‘Outstanding player of the Year Award’ which carries a trophy and a cash award of Rs 2 lakh.
Nanda Kishore Patnaik would receive the Excellent Coach Award which carries a trophy and a cash award of Rs 1 lakh while Ashok Kumar Sahu would receive the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his profound contribution to sports and games in the state. He would receive a trophy and a cash award of Rs 3 lakh.
Satish Sharma would receive ‘Sports Journalist Award which carries a trophy and a cash award of Rs 50,000.