Bhubaneswar, 03 November: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated Para-athletes Pramod Bhagat and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan for their incredible performance at the recently concluded Asian Para Games. Patnaik presented Pramod with a cash award of Rs 2 crores and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan with a cheque of Rs. 1.5 crores for their achievements. Pramod Bhagat’s performance was outstanding with three medals in para-badminton, including gold, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan won a gold and silver medal in chess. Congratulating the athletes the Chief Minister said, “I am incredibly proud to felicitate our paraathletes Pramod Bhagat and Soundarya Kumar, for their outstanding achievements at the Asian Para Games. “Their dedication, talent, and perseverance have brought immense glory to our state. Their triumphs are an inspiration to all of us,he said Patnaik assured both para-athletes of Odisha unwavering support in their journey ahead, including Pramod Bhagat’s upcoming campaign at the Olympics in Paris. Both Soundarya Kumar Pradhan and Pramod Bhagat expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister and thanked Odisha for supporting and encouraging them on their pursuit of excellence. At the Asian Para Games, the reigning Paralympic and Asian Para Games champion Pramod Bhagat won the gold to defend his title in the para badminton men’s singles SL3 event. He also secured bronze medals in men’s doubles SL3-SL4 and the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 events respectively. Soundarya Kumar Pradhan won the gold Medal in the Team Rapid VI B1 Chess and secured a silver Medal in the Individual Rapid VI B1 Chess event.