Odia Pride ,First Odia Arjuna Awardees: Minati Mohapatra Cyclist, #Puri #Odisha #Sports
Minati Mohapatra: was born in Puri district , odisha.At the age of 15, she has performed well in athletes and cycling. However she attracted and choose cycling, after achieving best in university and state level competitions.
Minati Mohapatra, now working in Senior Management Cadre in Rourkela Steel Plant has had the rare distinction of becoming the first woman from Odisha to win the Arjun Award in 1980, the most prestigious award of the Country for excellence in sports. As an young 15 yrs. old during early 70ŏs Minati had exhibited her precocious talent in Athletics and Cycling, a relatively lesser known sports discipline at that point of time. After attaining reasonable success in Athletics at the University and State Level, she shifted her focus to cycling.
The loss of Athletics was a gain to cycling. Her winning a medal in cycling in 1970 National Games marked the beginning of an illustrious career , which culminated in 1980 when she won the Countryŏs highest sports award. In the intervening years showing great determination, grit and courage, Minati Mohapatra reigned the National Cycling scene as the undisputed National champion from 1972 to 1979.
Her irresistible desire to excel and indomitable spirit helped her to win 4 Gold Medals in Track events and 1 Gold in 17.5 kms. Road Race in Indo-Sri Lanka Cycling Meet at Colombo in 1979 that earned for her the sobriquet ő Flying Queen Œ. After retiring from active competitive Cycling smt. Mohapatra has devoted her time and experience for promotion of cycling in the State and her expertise has been availed by National Federation from time to time. She was conferred with “Biju Patnaik Award” for life time achievement in promotion of Sports & Games.
Mohapatra received the Arjuna Award in 1978-79 for her outstanding sporting achievement in Cycling.
- She has record of eight time National Champion in 1980s.
- She won five Gold medal s in Indo-Sri Lanka cycling series in 1979.
- Was a Government observer in the cycling event of the Delhi commonwealth Games in October,2010.
- was a Government observer for the 16th Asian Games at Guangzhou , china from November 2010.
Now , She works as an Assistant General Manager in Rourkela Steel Plant.