Bhubaneswar: Noted athlete and Olympian Srabani Nanda have been felicitated with the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar for the year 2016 during a function here on Wednesday.
Legendary athlete and Flying Sikh Milkha Singh presented the 24th Ekalabya puraskar to Sravani presenting her a citation along with a cash prize of about Rs. 5 lakh.
Sravani who made history by becoming one of the handful of Odia athlete to compete in 2016 Rio Olympics has other national and international records on her name notably, gold medal in 200m sprint, silver in women, 100m sprint and 4x100m relay in 12th South Asian Games, held at Guwahati during Feb 2016. Likewise, in 2015, Nanda bagged bronze medals in Asian Grand Prix at Thailand on June 2015.
While two other sports persons hockey player Deep Grace Ekka and Dipsan Tirkey were also presented citations along with cash prize of 50,000 each.
The Ekalabya Puraskar which was instituted during 1993 by IMPaCT, a charitable wing of IMFA group awards is the most prestigious sports award in the state presented to a person for outstanding performance in the preceding two years.