Two Madhya Pradesh players have bagged national awards. Mallakhamb coach Yogesh Malviya of Shajapur got the Dronacharya Award, while disabled para swimmer of Gwalior, Satyendra Singh Lohia, grabbed the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan congratulated the two sportspersons of the state for winning the national awards.
While lauding them, Chouhan said that both the players have made the state proud. They got the national awards in the field of Mallakhamb and swimming. “We are proud of you,” he said.
The Madhya Pradesh government had declared state sport status to Mallakhamb.
Yogesh Malviya has given his unique contribution to the state as Mallakhamb sports coach. The state government had awarded him with the Vishwamitra Award in the year 2012, while the Sports Authority of India awarded him for outstanding performance in Mallakhamb, in the year 2018.
Meanwhile, disabled para-swimmer Satyendra Singh Lohia has crossed the Catalina Channel in a short span of 11 hours 34 minutes. And he became the first Asian swimmer to cross the English Channel in a shortest time, to enter the Limca Book of World Records.
He has a total of 28 medals – four international and seven national para swimming championships – in his credit. Madhya Pradesh government also had awarded Lohia with the state’s highest sports honour Vikram Award in the year 2014.