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Bhoomi Pujan for the Badminton High-Performance Centre was performed at Kalinga Stadium campus

Bhubaneswar:2/8/20: Aimed at promoting badminton and making India a powerhouse in the sport at the global level, Government of Odisha, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Limited, a leading Indian cement major and subsidiary of Dalmia Bharat Group and Chief National Coach for Indian Badminton, Padma Bhushan Pullela Gopichand have come together to set up a Badminton High Performance Centre at Kalinga Stadium campus.  Over the years, the Dalmia Group has given its unflinching support to the Government of Odisha for developing the state as a Sports Hub of the nation and the world class Badminton facility is the latest addition to that endeavour.

The Bhoomi Pujan for the Badminton High-Performance Centre was performed today at the academy site in the presence of officials from Department of Sports and Youth Services, Odisha. With an investment of Rs 45 crore, this one of its kind 8 court centre will be equipped with all latest sports amenities and facilities. There will be boarding and lodging facility for 40 players and 8 coaches. Further, with a sitting capacity of about 500 spectators, the centre will be capable of hosting both national and international events in the future.

 “India’s sporting landscape has been changing for the better and it’s heartening to see people taking sports as a full-time career, thereby resulting in noteworthy improvement in on-field performance for a variety of sports. As a corporate committed to all round development of the nation, we are honoured to work in line with the vision of Hon’ble Chief MinisterShri Naveen Patnaik to project Odisha on the International Badminton map. We are also thankful to Shri Pullela Gopichand for his immense guidance, support and meticulous planning, which will help us tap into the immense talent pool, not only in Odisha but across the country, and turn budding players into top class badminton professionals,” said company official.  “Under Shri Gopichand’s leadership, the academy will create and nurture players who can represent India, bring in accolades and make us a proud nation,”  headded.

The concrete structure of the iconic academy building will be built like the base of a shuttle cock and placed on a glass cylinder, which gives the floating cork effect. This will eventually resemble a full shuttlecock in the evening when the sky projected special lights illumination comes in full grandeur. M/s. SPD Construction has been appointed by Dalmia Cement to undertake the civil construction work. The architecture masterpiece will be designed by Archohm Consults Pvt Ltd. And once complete, it will go long way in enhancing the sports heritage of Odisha.

Key Highlights

  • 8-Court campus to come up in Bhubaneswar with Rs 45 crore investment
  • Suitable to host national and international badminton events
  • Boarding and Lodging facility for 20 male, 20 female players and 8 coaches

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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