Odisha government on Friday, announced cash prize of Rupees 2.5 lakh for Birendra Lakra and Rs 75,000 each for four women hockey players for their excellent showing in the recently concluded Asian Games at Incheon.
Stating that Lakra has brought glory for the country as well as the state by representing the gold-winning national hockey team at Incheon, Odisha sports minister Sudam Marandi said the players would be felicitated here at a special ceremony on the occasion of International Champions Trophy Hockey Competition, in December.
Four women hockey players of Odisha Namita Topo, Lilima Minj, Deep Gresh Ekka and Sunita Lakra, who were in the national women's hockey team, had excelled in the meet.
Sports & Youth Services Department of Odisha has congratulated the players for winning the gold in men's and bronze in women's hockey. Earlier, Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) had announced Rs 50,000 for Lakra and Rs 10,000 each for the four women hockey players.