Naveen felicitates visually-challenged Cricket players

  • Four visually-challenged women cricket players received Rs 20 lakhs each for the Gold medal at the IBSA World Games 2023
  • Three visually-challenged men cricket players received Rs 15 lakhs each for the Silver medal at the IBSA World Games 2023

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today felicitated seven visually-challenged cricket players for their remarkable achievements at the International Blind Sports Federation – IBSA World Games 2023 in Birmingham, England, held 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, namely Padmini Tudu, Basanti Hansda, Jhili Birua, and Phula Soren, who were part of the Indian women’s team that secured the gold medal.

MD. Jafar Iqbal, Nakula Badanayak, and Pankaj Bhue, from Odisha, were each presented with Rs 15 lakh 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 all proud with their outstanding achievements in spite of all the challenges they faced in reaching this level. Their remarkable talent, dedication, and hard work is an inspiration for all”.