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Baripada: Gold medallists in Olympics and Asiad from Odisha will be directly appointed as deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Sports and Youth Affairs minister Sudam Marandi said here on Sunday.

In its effort to encourage sports persons to excel in national and international fora, the government had come up with this decision, he said while attending the state Boxing Championship at Chaupadia here.

The appointment would be in addition to cash incentives to sports persons announced by the state government, the minister said.

An in-principle decision has been taken in this regard, but in view of the DSP post being a gazetted one, concurrence by the selection board concerned was awaited, he said.

Besides Olympics and Asiad, those who win medals in other national and international events would be appointed as inspectors, havildars and constables directly, he said adding a final decision has been taken in this connection.

The Odisha government had given an award of Rs 30 lakh to international hockey player Birendra Lakra and Rs 12 lakh to badminton player Pramod Bhagat as per cash incentive scheme for international players.

Altogether 205 pugilists from 14 districts participated in the championship to vie for medals in 11 different categories.

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