Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a cash award of Rs 1.5 crore for defender-dragflicker Amit Rohidas for his significant role in India’s historic gold medal triumph at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou.
The Chief Minister expressed his heartfelt congratulations to Amit Rohidas, acknowledging his outstanding performance and calling him an inspiration for youngsters not only across Odisha but also throughout India.
He said, “Amit Rohidas’ remarkable achievements exemplify the spirit of perseverance and excellence. He has become a symbol of hope and pride for aspiring athletes in our state and beyond. His success story resonates with every individual striving to achieve greatness, and we are immensely proud of his accomplishments.”
Amit Rohidas, a true son of the soil from the hockey-rich region of Sundargarh in Odisha, had proudly earned himself an Olympic Bronze Medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, a CMO release stated today.
Amit Rohidas, a product of Odisha’s rich sporting culture, honed his exceptional skills at the Panposh Sports Hostel in Rourkela. With an impressive track record of over 150 caps, Amit emerged as an integral cog in India’s campaign in Hangzhou, serving as the first rusher and displaying remarkable strategic acumen. His pivotal goal in the semi-final against Korea, propelled the Indian team towards the final and the coveted gold medal.
After Kishore Jena’s historic feat in javelin throw where he won a silver medal, Amit Rohidas becomes the second Odia to finish on the podium at this edition of the Asian Games.
Yesterday, the CM had announced cash award of Rs 5 lakh each for players and support staff of Indian Men’s Hockey Team for their stellar performance to win the coveted gold at Asian Games 2023 and securing a berth for Paris Olympics 2024.