Odia girl Mandakini Majhi became first Kho Kho player from Odisha, who has been selected in Indian Women’s Kho Kho team to participate in the 12th South Asian Federation (SAF) Games 2016 in Guwahati.
She is a +3 1st year commerce student of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in Bhubaneswar. She has come from a very poor Kondh family from Ludhipada village of Bolangir district of Odisha. Father Rajiv Majhi and mother Rama Majhi are very poor. They depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
Mandakini Majhi has achieved many successes to her credit including 2nd place in 19th East Zone National Kho-Kho Championship 2014 held at Bihar, participated in 59th National School Games 2013-14 held at Delhi, represented the State in 46th Senior National Kho-Kho Championship 2012-13 held at Baramati, Maharashtra and bagged the 3rd position in Junior National Kho Kho Championship 2014 held at Rajasthan.
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Founder of KIIT and KISS, Achyuta Samanta congratulated Mandakini and wished her success in SAF Games. It is a matter of pride not only for KISS, it is good news for Odisha and entire tribal community opined intellectuals.