April 8, 2013 : India: Neelachal honored during the release of the Odisha Youth Policy in the secretariat on 7th April 2013

India: Neelanchal honored by the Chief Minister

The photo news coverage done by ‘Sambad’ has Neelanchal standing 2nd from right, and standing from left to right are, Naveen Patnaik, CM,Odisha, 2nd Anuradha Biswal, Olympian Athlete from Odisha, 3rd Shradhanjali Samantray, Football Captain of India Women’s Team and 4th Sudarshan Patnaik,Internationally Acclaimed Sand Sculptor from Odisha


Neelanchal, an athlete with cerebral palsy registered under Special Olympics Bharat-Odisha and working with the Odisha based organisation, Open Learning Systems (OLS) as an Office Assistant is among the few young achievers of the state who was honored during the release of the Odisha Youth Policy 2013 along with the Chief Minister of Odisha, Sri Naveen Patnaik on 7th April 2013 at the Rural Development Department, State Secretariat.

Neelanchal has been an athlete of Special Olympics Bharat since 2003 and has participated and won several medals in bocce and athletics held in various parts of the country. He has won two gold medals (one in athletics and one in bocce) in the National Games held under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India scheme in February 2011 in Chennai.

He will soon compete for the Asia Pacific Regional Games to be held in Australia in December this year.