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Odisha girl sets for Mt Everest journey

Statesman News Service | Bhubaneswar |

Kumari Swarnalata Dalai, a 20- year-old tribal girl from Kalinganagar, Odisha, is all set for her Mount Everest expedition in the coming weeks announced her sponsore Tata Steel Adventure Foundation.

TSAF regularly conducts various trekking programmes and expeditions to peaks across the world. One such annual event is the prestigious Mount Everest expedition.

For “Mission Everest 2018” three talented candidates Swarnalata Dalai, Poonam and Sandeep Toliya, trained under Ms. Bachendri Pal, Chief, Adventure Programmes, have been selected by the Foundation to participate in the expedition.

Swarnalata Dalai from Odisha was spotted by Tata Steel Adventure Foundation for her mountaineering skills and excellent performance while participating in the 1st edition of Biju Patnaik Himalayan Expedition.

In 2017, Swarnalata had participated in Mt. Rudugaira Expedition under the Biju Patnaik Himalayan Expedition.

She also participated in few other expeditions which helped her to get selected in the Mt. Everest Expedition 2018.

We take pride in our association with the state government in organising events like Tata Steel Bhubaneswar Half Marathon and Biju Patnaik Himalayan Expedition.

We hope the selection of Swarnalata Dalai will further encourage the youngsters of Odisha to participate in sports,” said Mr Manikanta Naik, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel, Bhubaneswar.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Mount Everest expedition. I am grateful to our State Government, Tata Steel and Tata Steel Adventure Foundation for placing their trust and confidence in me by providing such a huge opportunity,” saidSwarnlata Dalai, the young mountaineer from Jajpur.