Odisha: Hockey Star Lilima Minz To Receive Coveted Ekalabya Puraskar

**Bhubaneswar:** Odisha’s star hockey player Lilima Minz has been selected for the prestigious Ekalabya Puraskar for the year.

She will receive a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation at the Ekalabya Award function, the date for which will be announced soon.

Minz has 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 and member of the Indian team that won the gold medal Womens Hockey Asia Cup after a gap of 13 years in Japan on November 5, 2017.

Weight lifter Jhili Dalabehera and badminton player Rutuparna Panda will also be felicitated for their remarkable performances in respective fields. Both will receive a cash prize of Rs 50,000 each along with citations.

The Ekalabya Puraskar has been instituted by IMPaCT, the social wing of IMFA, known for promoting literature, sports, the arts, culture and other socially meaningful activities.