Bhubaneswar, September 10: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday felicitated Tokyo Paralympics gold medalist Pramod Bhagat with a cash award of Rs 6 crore at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium here. He has also been offered a Group-A level government job.
Bhagat has left an indelible mark in the Sports history of India as the first Gold medal winner in para badminton at Tokyo Paralympics.
Congratulating Bhagat, Chief Minister said, “It gives me immense pleasure to felicitate you on your outstanding achievement. Your victory was a proud moment for the entire nation and will remain forever so. You have truly redefined how Sports can uplift and empower lives. You have inspired a generation of sportspersons and para sportspersons to create their own destiny. I wish you all the very best for greater glories. We will continue to support you in your journey ahead.”
Thd golden boy expressed his gratitude towards Chief Minister for the continuous support and motivation in his Olympic journey.
Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera, Hockey Promotion Council Chairman Dilip Tirkey, Secretary to Chief Minister VK Pandian, Sports and Youth Services Department Commissioner-cum- Secretary R Vineel Krishna, sportspersons and officials of the Sports Department were also a part of the ceremony.