Phulbani (Odisha), July 30 , 2021 (PTI): Athlete Debanand Patra has died at his home in Phulbani town in Kandhamal district of Odisha following a brief illness.
He was 90 and is survived by three daughters and two sons.
Patra, who was also a retired police officer, died on Wednesday night.
Debanand Patra dies of Covid-19
He had tested positive for COVID-19 a few days earlier and was undergoing treatment at his home, Phulbani Municipality Executive Officer Baladev Behera said.
Patra had participated in national events in various categories of athletics, and was felicitated by the state government and Kandhamal district administration.
Tribute to Debanand Patra
His admirers had thronged his house to pay their last respects.
The last rites were conducted at a Christian burial ground in Phulbani with strict adherence to COVID norms, Oriya Baptist Church, Phulbani general secretary Gideon Nayak said.
Meanwhile, all eyes are on Odisha athlete Dutee Chand India is set to kick off its athletics campaign.
From Manika Batra to Mary Kom, as one after another medal aspirant bows out of this sports’ biggest spectacle, athletics remains one of the few events where the country aims to taste some success.
But for glory, athletes like Dutee Chand, the only participant to take part in two events 100 m and 200 m sprints at the Olympics, is expected to perform exceedingly well.
Dutee Chand born on (3 February 1996) is a track athlete who will be representing India in 100m and 200m race event at Tokyo Olympics. She qualifies for the Tokyo Olympics based on her world rankings as she has missed the direct qualification for the games. There are 22 spots in 100m, 15 spots in 200m via world ranking and she is currently ranked 44 in 100m and 51 in 200m which make her qualify to the games. Recently, she set a new national record in 100m by clocking 11.17 seconds at the Indian National Grand Prix-4 at Patiala. The 25-year-olds most notable performance is her silver medals in both 100m and 200m at the 2018 Asian games. She became the third indian woman ever to qualify for the women’s 100m at Olympics, when she qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics and this will be her second Olympics.