Odisha is emerging as the nursery for sports in the country. The State, under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, besides supporting the top notch events, is also committed to promote the talent at grass roots level.
With a vision and commitment to make Odisha the sporting hub in India, the State has inked deals with country’s top six corporate – including Tata, Reliance and JSW – to nurture the talent. A total of seven MoUs for as many sports were inked at an event – Sports in Odisha.
Six leading industrialists have signed the pacts with the State to adopt sports like badminton, football, shooting, badminton and swimming.
Odisha, aiming to make Bhubaneswar the sports capital of India, has got on board the Tata Group, Reliance Industries, the JSW Group, Dalmia Bharat, the Aditya Birla Group and Ahluwalia Group for promoting sports culture and boosting different sporting disciplines in the State.
As part of the Memorandums of Understanding inked between the State and these top corporate, Tata will support hockey, Reliance Industries Group has taken responsibility of athletics, Sajjan Jindal-led JSW group will adopt football and swimming, Dalmia Bharat Group will nurture badminton talent, while Aditya Birla Group and Ahluwalia Group will back shooting and weightlifting respectively.
“It is great day not just for the state but for the country as well. This move was long overdue in order to fully develop the quality of sport and sportsmen in the country. By signing these MoUs, we have built a framework which will work towards sporting education, talent identification at grass root levels and infrastructural development at a global level”, Vishal Kumar Dev, secretary, sports & youth services said.
Commenting on the signing of the MoUs chief minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The signing of this MoU has created a long-lasting partnership which will result in producing sportspersons of world standards. But this partnership is more than just giving grants and funds, it will focus on extending the outreach of every sport in India.”
Odisha, the sponsor of Indian national hockey teams, is hosting the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16.