Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced a financial support of Rs 10 lakh each for the athletes of Odisha who have qualified for the upcoming Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games in China. 

The mega event will be held in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8, 2023.

As per the announcement by the State government, each Asian Games-bound Odia athlete will receive Rs 10 lakh to support their training, preparation, and participation in the prestigious event.

The Asian Games, known for bringing together elite athletes from across the continent, offer a platform to showcase the dedication and talent of the athletes.

As many as 13 athletes from Odisha have qualified for the mega event. They are Kishore Jena in athletics; Anshika Bharati, Ritu Kaudi and Sonali swain in rowing; Anupama Swain in Ju-Jitsu; Neha Devi Leichondam in kayaking and canoeing, Pyari Xaxa in football; Deep Grace Ekka and Amit Rohidas in hockey and Dumuni Marndi, Tarulata Naik, Mama Naik and Hupi Majhi in rugby.

Wishing them all the best, the Odisha CM also expressed hope that the athletes will showcase their talent at the mega event and the incentive will empower them to focus solely on their training and performance.