Bhubaneswar: Odisha Sports & Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera today felicitated Javelin star Kishore Kumar Jena at Kalinga Sports Complex in the capital city here for his stellar efforts at the Asian Games in Chinese city of Hangzhou.
At the Asian Games, Kishore clinched the silver medal with a personal best of 87.54m and secured his place in the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024. The only athlete to outperform him in the event was his Indian teammate Neeraj Chopra, who bagged the coveted gold.
On the occasion, the Sports Minister assured comprehensive support to Kishore during his preparations for the upcoming Paris Olympics.
Director Sports Siddhartha Das, Chairman Hockey Promotion Council Dilip Tirkey, officials of the Odisha Olympic Association and Sports Department, coaches and athletes of DSYS Sports ecosystem were present at the event.
The Sports & Youth Services Minister lauded Kishore as an inspiration for his hard work and bringing international recognition to the state. “Kishore’s hard work and dedication have truly shone a spotlight on sports in Odisha, making us all incredibly proud. He has made exceptional growth as an athlete in the last few years and stands as a shining example for our youth, showing them that with determination, anything is possible. I am certain he will bring many more accolades to India and Odisha including the upcoming Paris Olympics in 2024,” he said.