KISS Student Ajay Mandhra brings glory for India

Bhubaneswar: Ajay Mandhra, a tribal boy from Malakangiri district in Odisha, bagged a gold medal for India in the first international Kho Kho tournament, which took place in the United Kingdom from September 1 to 4. He studies in Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) deemed University here in the State capital.

Ajay was a part of the Indian men’s Kho Kho team that defeated hosts England in the finals of the tournament.

‘It’s indeed a fantastic feeling that we went there, won gold and came back as champions. It’s indeed a great feeling,” a jubilant Ajay said to a news agency.

Ajay, son of a daily wage labourer, belongs to Bonda tribal community- one of the most primitive tribes in the country.

KISS founder and BJD MP Dr Achyuta Samanta congratulated Ajay for his maiden gold medal in an international Kho Kho tournament.

“Ajay is immensely talented. We will provide him with every kind of special training to make him ready for the upcoming Kho Kho World Championships,” Samanta told to the news agency.

“There are a lot of talents especially in Odisha, particularly among the tribal boys and girls in the state. These children need to be trained and nurtured well. We are doing the same in giving these youngsters a platform through KISS which provides free education to the tribal children. We have always treated sports with utmost importance,” he added.

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