Odisha government today announced cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh for Birendra Lakra and Rs 75,000 each for four women hockey players for their excellent showing in the recently concluded Asian Games at Incheon.
Odisha Sports Minister Sudam Marandi said that the hockey players would be felicitated at a special ceremony on the occasion of International Champions Trophy Hockey Competition in Bhubaneswar, which is scheduled to be held in December.
Lakra has brought glory for the country as well as the state by representing the gold-winning national hockey team at Incheon while four women hockey players of Odisha Namita Topo, Lilima Minj, Deep Gresh Ekka and Sunita Lakra, representing national women’s hockey team, won the bronze medal in the meet.
Sports & Youth Services Department of Odisha has congratulated the players for winning the gold in men’s and bronze in women’s Hockey. Earlier, Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) had announced Rs 50,000 for Lakra and Rs 10,000 each for the four women hockey players.