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Medal glory for state
- Women win karate & rowing events at Games in Ranchi

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 15: Good news is pouring on the sports fraternity of the state. After the golden karateka, Valena Valentina, bagged two medals in the women’s karate event at the ongoing 34th National Games in Ranchi, women rowers have made the state proud today by winning three medals today.

The rowing team comprising Pratima Puhan and Pramila Minz secured a gold medal in the women’s coxless pair category.

The duo had hogged headlines after winning the bronze medal at the Asian Games last year. While rowers Amusana Devi and Manjula Xess earned a silver medal in the doubles scull event, Mamata Jena, Oleviya Devi, Alma Lakra and Puhan also finished second in the coxless four category.

Secretary of Orissa Olympic Association (OOA) Ashirbad Behera, was delighted on getting the news. “It is indeed a matter of pride for the state. Valena had brought home the first gold medal in karate.

“Now the rowers have won three medals, including a gold, which is commendable. They have lived up to our expectations,” said Behera.

He stated the OOA has already announced a cash award of Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 for gold, silver and bronze medal winners respectively. Behera added that Srabani Nanda, one of the leading woman athletes of the state, had to withdraw from the games to attend a training course in Australia.

“We had pinned great hopes on Nanda, but she wanted to pull out of the tournament. We are expecting some more medals in weightlifting, women football, women hockey, athletics, canoeing-kayaking and rowing events,” said the OOA secretary, who was present in Ranchi last Sunday when Valena won the first gold in karate for Orissa.

The karateka secured a gold medal each in the 50 kg kata category by beating opponents from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. In kumute (fight), she came in second after Saba Khan of Madhya Pradesh overpowered her in the tiebreaker round.

Vice-president of the Orissa Weightlifting Association, Hariprasad Pattnaik, who has coached Valena from the age of 10, said: “These medals mean a lot to us.

“Valena was barely 18 when she won two bronze medals in the last National Games,” he said, adding karate was introduced in the 33rd National Games held in Guwahati in 2007.

The medal sweep by girls at this event which began on Feb 12 reflects the domination of women in sports: “Not just sports, girls are doing well in every field. Yeh toh ladkiyon ka zamaana hai,” exclaimed Behera.

A 181-member contingent, including 145 sportspersons and 36 officials, are participating at the 34th National Games at Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharakhand which would conclude on Feb 26. In the last National Games, Orissa bagged 15 medals, including five gold, two silver and eight bronze.

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 15: It is raining good news for the sports fraternity of the state. After the golden karateka, Valena Valentina, bagged two medals in the women’s karate event at the ongoing 34th National Games at Ranchi, women rowers have made the state proud today by winning three medals today.

The team of Pratima Puhan and Pramila Minz secured a gold medal in the rowing women’s coxless pair category. The duo had hogged headlines for winning bronze at the Asian Games last year. While rowers Amusana Devi and Manjula Xess earned a silver in the doubles scull event, Mamata Jena, Oleviya Devi, Alma Lakra and Puhan also finished in the second place in the coxless four category.

Secretary of Orissa Olympic Association (OOA), Ashirbad Behera expressed delight at the news. “It is indeed a matter of pride for the state. Valena had brought home the first gold medal in karate. Now the rowers have won three medals, including a gold, which is commendable. They have lived up to our expectations,” said Behera.

He stated the OOA has already announced a cash award of Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 for gold, silver and bronze medal winners respectively. Behera added Srabani Nanda, one of the leading woman athletes of the state, had to withdraw from the Games for a training course in Australia. “We had pinned great hopes on Nanda but she wanted to pull out of the tournament. We are expecting some more medals in weightlifting, women football, women hockey, athletics, canoeing-kayaking and rowing events,” said the OOA secretary, who was present in Ranchi last Sunday when Valena won the first gold in karate for Orissa.

The karateka secured a gold medal each in the 50 kg kata category by beating opponents from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh. In kumute (fight), she settled for the second place after Saba Khan of Madhya Pradesh overpowered her in the tie-breaker round. Vice president of Orissa Weightlifting Association, Hariprasad Pattnaik, who has coached Valena from the age of 10, said, “These medals mean a lot to us. Valena was barely 18 when she won two bronze medals in the last National Games,” he said, adding karate was introduced in the 33rd National Games held at Guwahati in 2007.

The medal sweep by girls at this event which began on Feb 12 reflects the domination of women in sports: “Not just sports, girls are doing well in every field. Yeh toh ladkiyon ka zamaana hai,” exclaimed Behera.

A 181-member contingent, including 145 sportspersons and 36 officials, are participating at the 34th National Games at Ranchi and Jamshedpur in Jharakhand which would conclude on Feb 26. In the last National Games, Orissa bagged 15 medals, including five gold, two silver and eight bronze.

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