By Odisha Story Bureau, Bhubaneswar:
- As CM felicitated the Indian medal winners with cash prize on 10th July, Men behind Mascot Olly got nothing
- After social media troll a quick decision was taken yesterday to felicitate Olly
Men acted as Olly, the turtle mascot of Asian Athletics Championship (AAC) 2017, were felicitated by CM Naveen Patnaik yesterday in an unceremonious event at CMO in state secretariat.
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 13, 2017
Three young men Dinesh, Upendra & Satyanarayan were felicitated by Naveen Patnaik. Director Sports n Youth Services R Vineel Krishna was also present during the felicitation event. The decision seems to be taken in a hurry to felicitate the trio acted as Olly during AAC at Kalinga Stadium Bhubaneswar.
On 10th July 2017, in a special function CM Patnaik felicitated medal winners. The gold medal winners were felicitated with a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh each, silver medalists with Rs 7.5 lakh each and bronze medalists with Rs 5 lakh each.
Though the backdrop of the function had a large image of Olly, he was not seen their. The men who worked hard to entertain and cheer athletics enthusiasts and took pain to cover places in the state, were forgotten by the government as soon as the Games is over.
After social media troll against Odisha governments act of forgetting such painstaking job of the mascot actors, directorate of Sports n Youth Services took a quick decision to felicitate Olly (youth volunteers) yesterday evening.