Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday presented the Ekalavya awards 2014 to 15 outstanding achievers from the State in Mysuru, which was kept in abeyance for two years.

 

The chief minister also gave away Lifetime Achievement awards to four persons in recognition of their contribution to sporting fields and the Karnataka Kreeda Ratna awards to ten sporting talents at an event in the Senate Bhavan by the Department of Youth Empowerment and Sports. Also, 41 sportspersons received financial assistance under the Sports Excellency category.

 

According to a report by The Hindu, Siddaramaiah at the event said that his government had been encouraging sporting talent from the State and added that steps had been taken to strengthen the sports infrastructure. He further claimed that Karnataka was the first State to give financial assistance to sportspersons for achieving excellence by way of necessary training and procuring essential gear.He also promised to provide land in Mysuru from the MUDA for establishing more stadiums.

 

Minister for Youth Empowerment, Sports and Fisheries K. Abhayachandra Jain, Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa, Mysuru ZP president Nayeema Sultana, Sports Authority of Karnataka vice-president P.M. Somashekar were also present at the event.