21st Ekalabya Puraskar- 2013
Sep 15, 2013
Internal Press Release

International Shooter Shriyanka Sadangi has been declared winner of the prestigious 'Ekalabya Puraskar' for the year 2013, carrying a cash award of Rs. 2 lakh. The Ekalabya Jury Committee comprising of distinguished members from different walks of life were unanimous in selecting Shriyanka Sadangi for the award. Athlete Dutee Chand and Weight-lifter Achyutanand Sahu were adjudged as Citation winners with a cash award of Rs. 50,000 each.

The 'Ekalabya Puraskar' instituted in the year 1993 by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), the charitable wing of IMFA Group- leading integrated Ferro Alloys producer in the country, is today recognized as the most prestigious sports award of Odisha. The award is given every year to young sports persons of Odisha in recognition of their outstanding performance in the preceding two years.

Shriyanka Sadangi has a brilliant National & International track record. Among her many achievements are a Gold in the Junior International Shooting Championship held at Suhl, Germany in June, 2012, and Gold in the 4th Asian Air-gun Shooting Championship at Kuwait in October, 2011.

Dutee Chand is a well known athlete. She was the recipient of two Gold medals in 100 mts and 200mts at the 9th National Youth Athelete Meet, Bangalore, July 2012. She won a Gold in 100 mts and two silver in 200 mts and 4x100 mts relay respectively at the 37th Sr National Sports Festival 2012, Ranchi. Achyutananda Sahu won a Gold in 62 Kg, lifting 95 kg Snatch and 125 Kg in Jerk at the Commonwealth Jr Men Weight Lifting Championship held at Apia in June 2012. He won a Gold in 62 Kg category, lifting 102 Kg snatch and 130 Kg Jerk at the Jr Men Weight Lifting Championship at Capetown in October, 2011.

IMPaCT, the Trust, managed by IMFA Group plays a leading role in undertaking various social welfare measures in the state. The Trust, also promotes and enriches Odia literature in the state through "Sarala Award".


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