Bhubaneswar: Ace Indian sprinter from Odisha Dutee Chand was conferred with the prestigious Ekalabya Award on Wednesday at a special function in Bhubaneswar. Odisha Sports Minister Sudam Marandi presented the award to the athlete. As part of the award instituted by IMFA group’s IMPaCT , Dutee received a citation trophy along with Rs. 5 lacs cash award.
Chess player Saina Salonika and weightlifter Pramila Kirsani were also felicitated at this award function. Both Saina Salonika and Pramila Kirsani received Rs 50,000 cash award each.
Apart from her outstanding performance on the track, Dutee had been in limelight for the one year controversial ban she got under hyper-androgen rules from which she was cleared by Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) before returning to track.