Bhubaneswar: World champion Odia Para Shuttler Pramod Bhagat, who scripted history by clinching gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics-2020, arrived at the state capital to a rousing welcome this afternoon.
After landing at Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), he was welcomed by several dignitaries, including Vineel Krishna, Special Secretary to Chief Minister, Sports Minister Tushar Kanti Behera, MLA Snehangini Churria, hockey legend Dilip Tirkey and Rajya Sabha member Amar Patnaik.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will felicitate the badminton player at Kalinga Hockey Stadium here this evening. Bhagat is also scheduled to interact with media following the felicitation ceremony.
Meanwhile, the state Government has announced cash reward of Rs 6 crore and a state Government job for Bhagat for his historic achievement at the Paralympic games.
Bhagat became the first badminton player from India to win a gold medal at Tokyo Paralympics by defeating Great Britain’s Daniel Bathell 2-0 in the Men’s Singles SL3 final.