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Odisha government launched five High-Performance centres to promote sports and sports culture

Bhubaneswar:25/2/19: In a continuous bid to promote sports and sports culture within the state, the Odisha government launched five High-Performance centres on Monday.

The launching ceremony was held at the Kalinga Stadium here with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik gracing the occasion as Chief Guest and several dignitaries in attendance.

On the occasion, the CM also inaugurated the sports climbing wall and felicitated 162 outstanding sportspersons from the state with cash awards.

The day witnessed launching of five-structured, high-quality, international level high-performing centres for Badminton by Dalmia Bharat & Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation, Athletics by Reliance Foundation, Athletics Federation of India and International Association of Athletics Federation, Weightlifting by KJS Ahluwalia & Tenvic Sports, Football development in the state by All India Football Federation & Odisha sports development & promotion company and Sports Management by the XAVIER-EMLYON Business School & KJS Ahluwalia.

Moreover, the felicitation ceremony recognised the efforts and achievements of 162 players from different sports categories, who bought accolades for the state with their remarkable performances throughout the year at different national events.

Some of the cash payments given out included- Pramoda Bhagat, Para-Badminton, Rs 70,00,000, Jayanti Behera, Para-Athletics, Rs 60,00,000, Prachurya Kumar Pradhan, Blind Chess, Rs 20,00,000, and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan, Blind Chess, Rs 20,00,000.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said, “Today is a historic day for Sports development in Odisha as a state that’s passionate about sports, we understand how beneficial the opening of these High-performance centers is to a sportsman as well as the Nation. I am delighted to dedicate these centers to the sports loving people of Odisha, and I thank every one of you associated with this initiative and for joining us in the journey of making Odisha- the Sports destination of India.”

 

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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