Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): Ekalabya Puraskar for the year 2020 set to be bestowed upon Odisha’s hockey player Namita Toppo. The annual honorable award is instituted by IMPaCT, the charitable wing of Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys (IMFA).
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Toppo will be awarded with a cash of Rs.5 lakh along with a citation at the Ekalabya Puraskar award ceremony which will be held under the strict observance of Covid-19 guidelines.
Other than Hockey Olympian Toppo, two other sportspersons-weightlifter Sneha Soren and International Badminton player Rutaparna Panda will also be felicitated on this occasion.
Both will receive a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each along with citations. The date for Ekalabya Puraskar function is yet to be announced.
Announcing the names of the award winners former MP (Lok Sabha) and Trustee of IMPaCT, Shri Baijayant Panda said, “IMPaCT has been in continuous pursuit to recognize and foster excellence in sports and Literature besides contributing to the general welfare of the society at large. Ekalabya Puraskar is instituted to encourage and inspire young sports persons to perform excel at national and international arena.”