Among others, Berhampur MP Chandra Sekhar Sahoo, Aska MP Pramila Bisoi Senior Vice President of National Rifle Association of India Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, Olympian Gagan Narang, also spoke on the occasion. Principal Secretary Sports & YS Vishal Dev gave the welcome address, and Director of Sports Vineel Krishna offered the vote of thanks. A video on sports infrastructure in Odisha was screened. Secretary to Chief Minister (5-T) VK Pandian moderated the programme. MLAs of Ganjam district, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and other dignitaries were also present.
The Shooting ranges have been developed by Aditya Birla Group under the guidance of Gagan Narang as part of the partnership on Shooting High-Performance Centre. It is one of its kind facilities in Eastern India which is equipped to train 60 athletes per day, from beginner to elite level.
CM also announced that a synthetic turf hockey training centre will open in Chhatrapur in recognition of rich hockey culture in the region and nurture hockey talent. CM asserted that there will be a transformation in sports development under 5T initiatives to nurture world-class sports talent.
During the ceremony, ace athlete Dutee Chand has been given an out-of-turn promotion in Odisha Mining Corporation for receiving Arjun Award. CM said that Odisha will continue to support sportspersons in their endeavour to achieve excellence.
Speaking on the occasion, Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera appreciated the leadership of Chief Minister for creation of powerful sports eco-system in the state. The endeavour of the State Government will succeed in finding innumerable rural talents and creating international standard sports persons. Chairman of Aditya Birla Group Kumar Mangalam Birla said that the shooting high-performance centre is a significant milestone for the shooting sports eco-system in Odisha and India as well. Thanking the Chief Minister for the visionary leadership, he said that Odisha has morphed to become the sports capital of India. Olympian and Ace shooter Gagan Narang said that the opening of 10-meter range at the high-performance centre is a massive milestone in infrastructure. Speaking on the talent hunt programme in Odisha, he said that the state has more talents than what meets the eye.