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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: A day after scripting history at Asian Games, wishes and awards are now pouring in for Odia sprinter Dutee Chand from across the country.

The Odisha government today announced a cash award of Rs 1.5 crore for the national record holder Dutee who clinched the silver medal in the 100 meter event at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia on Sunday clocking 11.32 seconds.

The reward was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in recognition of Dutee's ‘grit, determination and hard work’. Odisha Olympic Association (OOA) had also announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for Dutee.

"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.

Earlier, tweeples had also hailed the achievements of Dutee Chand for her 100m sprint which ensured a medal for the country at the ongoing Asian Games.

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and former Parliamentarian Baijayant Panda, everybody took to the social media platform to congratulate Dutee Chand.

Not only politicians but several sportspersons also hailed Dutee Chand for her achievement.


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