Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 12:
Ace Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand will get the prestigious 23rd Ekalavya Award for 2015, it was announced today. She was the unanimous choice for the award given annually by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), the charitable wing of the IMFA Group.
Apart from the coveted award, the internationally-famed speedster from Japur would get a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a citation, IMPaCT announced.
Besides, two other Odisha sportspersons—chess star Saina Salonika and weightlifter Pramila Kirsani– have been selected as runners-up for their achievements in their respective sporting fields. They will receive cash prizes of Rs 50,000 each.
The award, instituted by IMPaCT is conferred on eminent young achievers in the field of sports in Odisha every year since its formation in 1993.
The star sprinter, banned by AFI last year as per IAAF rules for a condition known as hyperandrogenism, had won a huge reprieve in July this year when the Lausanne based Court of Arbitration on Sports (CAS), in an interim order, cleared her to participate in all international events for the next two years.