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CM Naveen announces Rs 50 lakh each for two Odia hockey players

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh each for the two Odia players in Indian men’s hockey team, that clinched bronze at the 18th Asian Games, beating Pakistan.

Patnaik, who congratulated the men’s hockey team right after they bagged the medal, announced the cash prize in recognition of the achievements of the Odia players-  Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas.

The prize is being given to the players as per the revised sports policy of the state, official sources said.

The CM had earlier announced a cash prize of Rs 1 crore each for the four players from the state in Indian women’s hockey team, which bagged silver in Jakarta.

Both the hockey teams were sponsored by Odisha as part of a five-year deal signed by the Patnaik-led government in February. The state is also scheduled to host the Men’s Hockey World Cup in November this year.

Last week, Patnaik presented a cheque of Rs 3 crore to Odia athlete Dutee Chand, who clinched two silver medals at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. He has also promised to provide all assistance to Chand for her training and preparations for the next Olympics.

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