Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): Odia hockey Olympian Namita Toppo is bestowed the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar for 2020.
The Ekalabya Committee members on Sunday awarded Toppo for the annual award instituted by IMPaCT, the charitable wing of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys (IMFA).
An experienced midfielder of the women’s team, Namita has represented India in several international tournaments, including the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Namita will receive a cash award of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation, as a part of the award. Two other Odia sportspersons — weightlifter Sneha Soren and international badminton player Rutaparna Panda — are also be felicitated on the occasion. They will receive Rs 50,000 each along with citations.