In order to promote sports and sports culture in Odisha, the state government launched five high-performing centres in the presence of Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and sporting professionals like Anil Kumble and Pullela Gopichand on Monday.
This event included some international level badminton, athletics, weightlifting, and football centres.
After the launch, Naveen Patnaik said: It’s these centres are dedicated to the “sports loving people of Odisha” and termed the day as “historic” for sports.
Patnaik also added saying, “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 centres is going to be for sportspeople as well as the nation.”
He further added saying, “I am delighted to dedicate these centres to the sports loving people of Odisha.”
The chief minister also praised 162 phenomenal state sportspersons, who bought achievements for Odisha, with cash awards.
These players belong to different categories and have been successful throughout the year in various National and International tournaments with their remarkable performances.
Some athletes receiving cash prizes include Para-badminton player Pramoda Bhagat (Rs. 70,00,000), Para Athletic Jayanti (Rs. 60,00,000), Blind Chess players, Prakury Kumar Pradhan (Rs. 20,00,000), and Soundarya Kumar Pradhan. (Rs. 20,00,000).