Bhubaneswar: Internationally acclaimed gateball player and president of Indian Gateball Union (IGU) Dwaipayan Pattanaik received the Capital Foundation National Award of New Delhi-based Capital Foundation through a virtual function on Sunday.
Former Odisha Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare was presented the lifetime achievement award on the occasion. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Narinder Batra was also awarded with the Capital Foundation National Award.
The virtual meeting was held under the chairmanship of Justice AK Patnaik. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan attended as the chief guest.
Pattanaik is the only Odia to have received the award. He has represented India in several international open gateball tournaments in Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan.
Besides being an able administrator, Pattanaik is also a well-known writer and has several stories to his credit. He is working OSD in Odisha Mineral Bearing Area Development Corporation (OMBADC).