Sprint Queen from Odisha, Dutee Chand has been selected for the prestigious 23d Ekalavya Award for 2015, It was announced today. She was the unanimous choice for the award given annually by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), the charitable wing of the IMFA Group.
The internationally-famed speedster from Japur would also get a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a citation apart from the Award, IMPaCT announced.
Besides, two other Odisha sports persons—chess star Saina Salonika and weightlifter Pramila Kirsani– have been selected as runners-up for their achievements in their respective sporting fields. They will receive cash prizes of Rs 50,000 each.
The Ekalavya Award was instituted in 1993. Dutee has been chosen for the award for her outstanding performance over the last few years.