Rower Mamata Jena wins Ekalabya Award
Mar 28, 2008
Pioneer News Service

Young female rower Mamata Jena bagged the 15th Ekalabya Award for the year 2007. The jury members of the Ekalabya Award Committee were unanimous in deciding Mamata among the 13 short-listed candidates for the prestigious award at a meeting here on Wednesday.

The award, instituted by the Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), the charitable wing of the IMFA Group, carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation. Besides the Ekalabya awardee, there are two runners-up awards carrying a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each.

Mamata has a brilliant track record for the past two years winning bronze in open women coxless fours in the 11th Asian Rowing Championship held in Hyderabad. Besides, she has fared well in many international events, including the 15 th Asian Games held in Doha in November, 2006, and won gold medals in the National Rowing Championship in 2006 and 2007.

Besides Mamata, talented chess player Kiran Manisha Mohanty and athlete Dandu Soren will also be conferred citations and prize money of Rs 10,000 each for their remarkable performances in various State and national level championships during the two years from April 2005 to March, 2007.

Announcing the names of the award winners, Trustee of IMPaCT and MP Baijayant Panda said, "IMPaCT has been in continuous pursuit to recognise and foster excellence in sports and literature."

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