sudarsan patnaikBy Bizodisha Bureau, Bhubaneswar, June 4, 2016 : Famed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Friday won gold medal in people’s choice prize at world championship festival of sand sculpting Russe, 2016, Bulgaria for his sand sculpture “Drugs Kill Sports”.

Sudarsan incidentally got highest vote from visitors, said a statement on Saturday.

“I am very happy that my sand art got the gold medal. I have created the two faces — one is of Lance Armstrong and another is Maria Sharapova, the two iconic players who were mired in the drug controversy, thus bringing bad name for themselves and the entire sports world,” Sudarsan said.

“I wanted to convey the message to the entire sports fraternity to uphold the inspirational stature of sports. Let the spirit of the game prevail,” he added.

The internationally acclaimed artist made it clear that modern day sports supplemented by advanced technologies have reached a new level of competition throwing new challenges to all stakeholders such as sports personnel, organisers and regulators.

One such unsolicited issue is usage of performance enhancing drugs by sports personnel.

“My sand art ‘Drugs Kill Sports’ is an awareness creating sculpture,” he remarked.

The championship began on May 26 and continued till June 3.

Some 10 artists participated from around the world in this championship. The topic of the competition was ‘Sport World and Olympic Symbols’ and the height of the sculpture was 2 metre.

Sudarsan has participated in more than 50 international sand sculpture championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes.

His sand sculptures are based on social issues and current topics.