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.”