Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Golden Boy and reigning world champion para shuttler, Pramod Bhagat has left an indelible mark in the sports history of India as the first gold medal winner in para badminton at Tokyo Paralympics.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated Pramod Bhagat with a cash award of Rs. 6 crore at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar on September 10. Bhagat has also been offered a Group A level government job.
“It gives me immense pleasure to felicitate you on your outstanding achievement. Your victory was a proud moment for the entire nation and will remain forever so. You have truly redefined how Sports can uplift and empower lives. You have inspired a generation of sportspersons and para sportspersons to create their own destiny. I wish you all the very best for greater glories. We will continue to support you in your journey ahead,” said the Chief Minister while congratulating Bhagat.
Pramod Bhagat expressed his gratitude towards the Chief Minister for the continuous support and motivation in his Olympic journey.
Odisha Minister for Sports and Youth Services Tusharkanti Behera, Chairman of State Hockey Promotion Council Dilip Tirkey, Secretary to Chief Minister V.K. Pandian, Sports Secretary R. Vineel Krishna, sportspersons and officials of the Sports Department were also a part of the ceremony.