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Naveen announces a cash award of Rs.1.5 crore for Rohidas for gold in Men’s Hockey

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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced a cash award of Rs. 1.5 crores for defender-drag flicker Amit Rohidas for his significant role in India’s historic Gold Medal triumph at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou.

Patnaik expressed his heartfelt congratulations to Amit Rohidas, acknowledging his outstanding performance and calling him an inspiration for youngsters not only across Odisha but also throughout India.

He said, “Amit Rohidas’ remarkable achievements exemplify the spirit of perseverance and excellence.

“Rohidas has become a symbol of hope and pride for aspiring athletes in our state and beyond”,Patnaik said, adding his success story resonates with every individual striving to achieve greatness, and we are immensely proud of his accomplishments.”

Amit Rohidas, a true son of the soil from the hockey-rich region of Sundargarh in Odisha, had proudly earned himself an Olympic Bronze Medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

With an impressive track record of over 150 caps, Amit emerged as an integral cog in India’s campaign in Hangzhou, serving as the first rusher and displaying remarkable strategic acumen.

After Kishore Jena’s historic feat in Javelin throw where he won a silver medal, Amit Rohidas became the second Odia to finish on the podium at this edition of the Asian Games.

The Chief Minister had already announced a cash award of Rs.1.5 crore for Javelin sensation Kishore Jena from Odisha for a silver at the ongoing Asian Games at Hangzhou, China.

With a personal best of 87.54 meters, Kishore has also qualified for the Paris Olympics.

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