Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Dutee Chand, Odisha’s ace sprinter, who has been nominated for the prestigious BBC Indian Sportswoman of the year award.
“Congratulations #Odisha’s ace sprinter @DuteeChand on being nominated for BBC Indian Sportswomen of the year. Wish her the very best and wish her to keep inspiring,” tweeted Naveen Patnaik.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) February 9, 2021
Along with Dutee, The other contenders for the award this year are shooter Manu Bhaker, chess player Koneru Humpy, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and Indian women hockey team captain Rani have been nominated for this prestigious award.
The winner of the award will be selected through voting. Voting is open until February 24 and the winner will be announced on March 8 at a virtual ceremony in Delhi and on the BBC Sport website.
The inaugural edition of the award was launched in 2020. Indian badminton star and Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu won the award, last year.