Bhubaneswar: Renowned boxing coach from Odisha Braja Bhushan Mohanty, today received the prestigious ‘Dronacharya Award’ from President Ram Nath Kovind at a glittering function at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on the occasion of National Sports Day.
Hockey wizard Dhyan Chand’s birth day is observed as the National Sports Day.
Braja, a resident of Badakhemundi in Berhampur, joined the Armed Forces as boxing coach after successful training in boxing coaching in Patiala in 1992. He has been honoured for his exemplary contribution to the improvement of the standard of boxing in India.
Under his tutelage he has churned out a dozens of eminent pugilists including Shiva Thapa, Dingko Singh, Gurucharan Singh and Vikas Yadav who have brought laurels for the country.
Besides Braja, the President also gave away the Dronacharya awards to Late R Gandhi (Athletics), Heera Nand Kataria (Kabaddi), GSSV Prasad (Badminton), PA Raphel (Hockey), Sanjoy Chakravorty (Shooting) and Roshan Lal (Wrestling).
The prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award was conferred upon former India hockey captain Sardar Singh and Paralympian javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia.
The Arjuna awardees for this year are star athlete Rajiv Arokia, Saketh Myneni (tennis), Jyoti Surekha Vennam (archery), Khushbir Kaur (athletics), Prashanti Singh (basketball), S.V. Sunil (hockey), S.S.P. Chaurasia (golf), Satyavrat Kadian (wrestling), Anthony Amalraj (table tennis), P.N. Prakash (shooting), Jasvir Singh (kabaddi), Laishram Devendro Singh (boxing), Oinam Bembem Devi (football), Harmanpreet Kaur and Cheteshwar Pujara (both cricket) along with Paralympians Mariyappan Thangavelu and Varun Singh Bhati.
Besides a medal and a citation, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardees received a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh while the Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees received statuettes, certificates and cash prize of Rs 5 lakh each.