11 October 2016 Current Affairs: Sprinter Srabani Nanda won the 24th Ekalabya Award for the year 2016 in recognition of her sporting excellence on 8 October 2016. With this, she will get a cash price of 5 lakh rupees along with a citation at the Ekalabya Award function.Athlete Dutee Chand won the award in the year 2015.
Srabani Nanda : Nanda is an Indian woman sprint runner athlete from Odisha specialized in 4x100m relay, 100 metre and 200 metre sprint events. She belongs to Kandhamal District of Odisha.
She made it to Rio Olympics 2016 in the women's 200m category.Srabani won gold in 200m, silver in 100m and 4x100m relay in 12th South Asian Games held in Guwahati in February 2016.
She had also won bronze in 100m and 4x100m relay in Asian Grand Prix Athletics in Thailand in June 2015.
Ekalabya Award : Ekalabya Award, which was instituted in the year 1993 by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT) of IMFA group of companies. It is given every year to young sportspersons of Odisha in recognition of their outstanding performance in the preceding two years. It was instituted to promote, encourage and recognise Odia Sports personalities in the State.
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