Cash award of Rs 50 lakh announced for hockey star Deep Grace Ekka

of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday announced a cash award of Rs 50 lakh to hockey star Deep Grace Ekka for securing a bronze medal for India at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou, 2022.

Chief Minister Patnaik heartily congratulated Deep Grace Ekka while acknowledging her remarkable performance and calling her a role model for the youth of the state. congratulated,

“Deep Grace Ekka has become a symbol of hope and pride for aspiring players in the country. She has proved her mettle with some brilliant performances and I am sure she will continue to make India proud by demonstrating the spirit of tenacity and excellence.

The 28-year-old player, who hails from Lulkidihi village in Sundergarh district of Odisha, made her international debut in 2011 during the Four Nations tournament in Argentina. Since then, she has been an integral part of the national team.

In May 2023, he completed 250 international caps.

Deep was part of the Indian team participating in the Rio Olympic Games-1980 and the first appearance of the Indian women’s team since the Tokyo Olympics 2020. She was part of the team that won bronze medal at Women’s Asia Cup 2013, gold at 2016 Asian Champions Trophy, gold at Asia Cup 2017, silver at Asian Champions Trophy 2018, silver at 18th Asian Games Jakarta-Palembang and bronze medal at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Was also an integral part of.

The veteran defender also played a key role in India’s gold medal win at the inaugural FIH Women’s Nations Cup to be held in Spain in 2022.