New Delhi: Odisha’s ace para-badminton player Pramod Bhagat was today conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award at the National Sports Awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.
He received the award from President Ram Nath Kovind at a special function organised at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. The award comprises of a statuette, a certificate and Rs 5 lakh. The Arjuna Award is given to players for consistent outstanding performance for a minimum period of four years.
Bhagat has bagged two gold medals in the recently concluded BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.
The 31-year-old shuttler from Atabira in Baragarh district will be the eighth Arjuna awardee from Odisha. Suffering from polio since the age of four, Bhagat started playing badminton in 2002. However, he was introduced to the para-badminton circuit only in 2006.