Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced a generous cash prize of Rs 1.5 crore for Kishore Kumar Jena, the talented javelin thrower hailing from the state. Kishore clinched a silver medal at the ongoing Asian Games 2023 in Hangzhou, China, where he showcased his prowess with a personal best throw of 87.54 meters. Furthermore, his outstanding performance has secured him a spot in the Paris Olympics 2024.
In a statement, Chief Minister Patnaik commended Kishore’s remarkable achievements, applauding his unwavering dedication and perseverance. He not only celebrated Kishore’s triumph at the Asian Games but also highlighted the athlete’s role as an inspiring figure for aspiring athletes nationwide. Patnaik pledged full support for Kishore’s preparations for the upcoming Olympics.
This announcement follows a previous gesture by Patnaik, who had honored Kishore with a Rs 50 lakh cash award last month for his exceptional performance at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
Meanwhile, celebrations have erupted in Kishore’s hometown of Kothasahi, located near Bramhagiri in Puri district. His family joyfully distributed sweets to the villagers, who joined in commemorating this momentous achievement. Kishore’s mother, reflecting on his dedication, shared that she had not seen her son for the past two years due to his rigorous training regimen.