Odisha CM felicitates visually-challenged cricketers for their success at IBSA World Games 2023

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today felicitated seven visually-challenged cricket players from Odisha for their remarkable achievements at the International Blind Sports Federation – IBSA World Games 2023 in Birmingham of England recently.

In recognition of their outstanding accomplishments, the Chief Minister presented a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh to each of the women players from Odisha–Padmini Tudu, Basanti Hansda, Jhili Birua, and Phula Soren, who were part of the Indian women’s team that secured the gold medal.

Jafar Iqbal, Nakula Badanayak, and Pankaj Bhue from Odisha were presented with Rs 15 lakh each as they were part of the Indian Men’s team, which won the silver medal.

Congratulating the cricketers, the Chief Minister said, “The players have made us proud with their outstanding achievements in spite of all the challenges they faced in reaching this level. Their remarkable talent, dedication, and hard work will inspire us”.

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