Amit Rohidas, Braja Bhusan to get OSJA Annual Awards

International hockey player Rohitdas and Boxing coach Braja Bhusan will be awarded with OSJA awards on June 29 in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Promising international hockey player Amit Rohidas and Dronacharya Awardee boxing coach Braja Bhusan Mohanty have been selected for the OSJA Sportsperson of the Year Award and OSJA Lifetime Achievement Award respectively for the year 2018.

Odisha Sports Journalists’ Association (OSJA), the state unit of Sports Journalists’ Federation of India (SJFI), has been felicitating outstanding sportspersons and sports legends of the state with OSJA Annual Awards since 2017.

The awards, carrying a sum of Rs 25,000 each, will be conferred in a special function, scheduled to be held at a star hotel in Bhubaneswar on June 29, 2019.

Groomed in the Government Sports Hostel, Panposh, Rourkela, Amit Rohidas has become a regular member of the Indian men’s team with 78 feathers to his cap so far. He was part of the Indian hockey team that won gold medal in 2017 in the Dhaka Asia Cup and FIH Men’s Series Finals in Bhubaneswar 2019; silver medal in 2013 Ipoh Asia Cup, 2018 Breda Champions Trophy, and bronze medal in 2018 Jakarta Asian Games and 2016-17 Bhubaneswar World League Finals.

Eminent boxing coach Braja Bhusan Mohanty, who belongs to Ganjam district, bagged the prestigious Dronacharya Award in 2017. He has produced a number of international medalists in boxing including Shiva Thapa, Dingko Singh, Gurucharan Singh and Vikas Krishan Yadav. Mohanty was in the Indian coach team for boxing from 2002 till 2011.

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