Lilima Minz receives Ekalavya Puraskar

Ace women Hockey player Lilima Minz on Sunday received the prestigious 26th Ekalabya Puraskar-2018 award instituted by IMPaCT, the charitable wing of Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Limited (IMFA).

Minz received the award along with a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh from Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar at a special function held at Bhubaneswar.

Minz represented the Indian senior team for the first time in 2011 during a four-nation tournament in Argentina. She was also part of the squad that represented the country in the 2016 summer Olympics.

She was also part of the Indian team that won the gold medal in Women’s Hockey Asia Cup after a gap of 13 years in Japan on November 5, 2017.

After receiving the award, Minz stated, “I am extremely happy. My target is to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.”

Two other sportspersons, including badminton player Rutuparna Panda, were also felicitated for their outstanding achievements in their field.

Coach P Dharma Rao received the citation on behalf of weightlifter Jhili Dalabehera as she could not attend the award function today.

Both Rutuparna and Jhili Dalabehera received a cash award of Rs 50,000 each along with citations.

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