Malkangiri: Ajay Mandhra, a tribal boy bagged a gold medal in men’s Kho Kho for India in the first international Kho Kho tournament which was held in The United Kingdom (UK) from September 1st to 4th.
Ajay is a student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) University in Bhubaneswar. He belongs to the Bonda tribe community of Malkangiri district.
The Kho Kho team including Ajay bagged gold after defeating England in the finals of the tournament.
Malkangiri Collector Manish Agarwal, Superintendent of Police, additional Collector Ayodhya Kanta Satpathy, and the locals of Malkangiri district congratulated both Ajay and the team for their victory.
Ajay told the media that, “It is a great feeling that we won gold and came back as champions.” He also thanked his parents, who work as daily wage labourers for their support and encouragement.
Founder of KISS Achyuta Samanta also congratulated Ajay on the victory. In a statement to the media, Samanta said “Ajay is an extremely talented boy. We will provide him with special training for the upcoming World Championships.
“There are a lot of talents especially in Odisha and particularly among the tribal boys and girls in the state. These children need to be trained and nurtured well. We are doing the same in giving these youngsters a platform through KISS, which provides free education to the tribal children. We have always treated sports with utmost importance,” Samanta further said.