The Odisha government has today (Monday) announced a cash award of ₹1.5 crore for the Asian Games silver medallist sprinter and national record holder Dutee Chand for her medal-winnings show in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
The Odisha girl has clocked 11.32 seconds and finished second in the women’s 100-meter sprint competition as the 18th Asian Games.
The reward was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in recognition of Dutee Chand’s ‘grit, determination and hard work’. Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) had also announced a cash reward of ₹50,000 for her.
“It is a matter of pride that an athlete from Odisha has brought laurels for the country in the Asian Games after 20 years. In 1998 Asian Games, Odia Athlete Rachita Panda Mistry had won a bronze medal for India,” the Chief Minster’s Office (CMO) said in a statement.
It is pertinent to mention here that, the fastest men and women in the country are from Odisha and the State government, recognising the huge potential among the talented youth, is giving more emphasis on athletics, the statement added.
Odisha has planned a high performance Athletics Academy which will be the first of its kind in the State. The proposed Athletics Academy is expected to be launched shortly, the release further stated.
Dutee Chand’s show has also been lauded on tweeter by celebrity an who is who of society.