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Naveen announces Rs 1.5 crore cash reward for Dutee Chand

Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a cash reward of Rs 1.5 crore for odia sprinter Dutee Chand, who bagged silver medal in the women’s 100m final at the 18th Asian Games yesterday.

It is a matter of pride that an athlete from Odisha has brought laurels to the country in this event after 20 years. In 1998 Asian Games, Odia Athlete Rachita Panda Mistri had own Bronze Medal, a release from CM’s office read.

In recognition of her grit, determination and hard work, the Chief Minister has announced a cash award of Rupees 1.5 crores to Miss Dutee Chand, it added.

Currently, the fastest men and women in the country are from Odisha. The State has a special focus on Athletics considering the performance of its athletes in recent times and the huge potential among the talented youth, it further added.

To encourage Athletics, the State had organised successfully the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in 2017 in partnership with International Association of Athletics Federation and Athletics Federation of India, Odisha has planned a high performance Athletics Academy (First of its kind at the State level ) which is expected to be launched shortly, it concluded.

Meanwhile, Odisha Athletics Association also congratulated Dutee Chand for her success in the prestigious Asian Games and announced Rs 50,000 cash award on Sunday.

The ace sprinter clocked 11.32 seconds in the final of the 100-metre final event.

Dutee qualified for the final after finishing third with a timing of 11.43 seconds in the semi-final.

The young sprinter clocked 11.38 seconds in the second heat of the qualifying event to enter the semifinals beating Kazakhstan’s Olga Safronov (11.46) and Uzbekistan’s Nigina Sharipova (11.59).

Dutee had broken her national 100 metres mark by clocking 11.29 secs in the semi-finals on the final day of the Inter-State Athletics Championships in Guwahati on June 29 this year.

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