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Naveen announces Rs 10 lakh each to Asian Games Odisha qualified athletes


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Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday announced a financial support of Rs 10 lakh to each state’s athletes qualified to participate in the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

Asian Games-bound athletes from Odisha will receive Rs 10 lakh each to support their training, preparation, and participation in the prestigious sporting event, Patnaik said.

The Asian Games, known for bringing together elite athletes from across the continent, offer a platform to showcase the dedication and talent of athletes.

For the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games in China, to be held from September 23 to October 8, this year, 13 athletes from Odisha have been qualified to participate in the event.

They included Kishore Jena in Athletics, Anshika Bharati, Ritu Kaudi, and Sonali Swain in Rowing, Anupama Swain in Jiu-Jitsu, Neha Devi Leichondam in Kayaking and Canoeing, Pyari Xaxa in Football, Deep Grace Ekka and Amit Rohidas in Hockey, and Dumuni Marndi, Tarulata Naik, Mama Naik, and Hupi Majhi in Rugby.

Wishing them all the best, the Chief Minister expressed hope that the athletes will showcase their talent at the Games and that this incentive will empower them to focus solely on their training and performance.

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