Arjuna Award For Odisha Hockey Star Deep Grace Ekka, KIIT Wins Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar

Bhubaneswar: International hockey player from Odisha Deep Grace Ekka is among the 25 sportspersons to be conferred with Arjuna Award this year.

The ace defender, a veteran of 240 caps, made her India debut in 2011. She is Odisha’s first female sportsperson to have taken part in two Olympics – Tokyo Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics. Her prized possessions include a bronze medal from the 2014 Asian Games, a silver from the 2018 Asian Games and the Women’s Asia Cup gold (Japan 2017).

Grace was awarded the Biju Patnaik Award in 2020 and also received the Sportswoman of the Year accolade in team sports at the second Sportstar Aces Awards in 2019.

Similarly, the Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology has been selected for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar for its contribution to sports promotion and development.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports announced the full list of winners of the National Sports Awards-2022 on Monday with table tennis star Achanta Sharath Kama being picked for Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, the country’s highest sporting honour.

President Droupadi Murmu will give away the awards at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 30.

Check the other awardees

​Dronacharya Award for outstanding coaches in Sports and Games 2022 Regular Category:

Jiwanjot Singh Teja (Archery), Mohammad Ali Qamar (Boxing), Suma Siddharth Shirur (Para Shooting), Sujeet Maan (Wrestling)

Lifetime Category

Dinesh Jawahar Lad (Cricket), Bimal Prafulla Ghosh (Football), Raj Singh (Wrestling)

Dhyan Chand Award for Lifetime achievement in Sports and Games 2022

Ashwini Akkunji C (Athletics), Dharamvir Singh (Hockey), BC Suresh (Kabaddi), Nir Bahadur Gurung (Para Athletics)

​Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar 2022:

TransStadia Enterprises Private Limited, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Ladakh Ski & Snowboard Association.

​Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy 2022

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

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