Bhubaneswar, September 2: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday felicitated star Javelin thrower Kishore Jena from Odisha with a cash award of Rs 50 lakh for reaching finals of the prestigious World Athletics Championships in Budapest with an outstanding performance.
In a historic first for World Athletics Championships, three Indian athletes secured their positions in the men’s Javelin final that included Jena. He strengthened his position in the javelin world finishing 5th with a personal best of 84.77m.
The Chief Minister praised Jena’s incredible achievement, congratulated and presented him with the cash award.
“Jena’s success is not just his own; it is a source of pride for all of Odisha. His remarkable journey to the finals of the World Athletics Championships serves as an inspiration for youths and a testament to the talent that Odisha possesses,” said Patnaik.
The Chief Minister further said that Odisha is committed to supporting and nurturing such talents in the field of sports.