Panaji: Woman International Master (IM) Bhakti Kulkarni will be felicitated with the Dilip Sardesai Award here on Friday by the state government, Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said on Thursday.

The award, which carries a bronze plaque, a certificate and a cash prize of Rs two lakh, will be presented to her during a function at the National Institute of Oceanography Auditorium, Dona Paula, Kamat said.

A former Asian Youth Girls U-14 champion, Bhakti is the first chess player to have been nominated for the award.

Earlier, Mahesh Gawli, Climax Lawerence (both football) and Talasha S Prabhu (swimmer) have been conferred with the award.

Bhakti, was one of the two sportspersons, the other being chess player Nitesh Bellurkar, who had applied for the prestigious award this year.

The international master recently finished seventh with 8.5 points at the World Junior Championship in Chennai, she had though suffer a loss of 22 precious ELO points after the tournament.

(Agencies)