Bhubaneswar : Asia’s first sports Literature Festival to be held in Bhubaneswar November on 2nd & 3rd, 2018 . The festival is named as EKAMRA SPORTS LITERARY FESTIVAL.
The mega event EKAMRA SPORTS LITERARY FESTIVAL, Asia’s largest and most prestigious Sports Literature Festival, will be held on November 2nd & 3rd, 2018 as a precursor to the Hockey World Cup being hosted in Bhubaneswar. The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, would inaugurate the Festival.During the two-day conclave, numerous national and international sportswriters, state government, authors, players and coaches will also be available for interaction.
An initiative of Emerging Sports and the Department of Sports & Youth Services, Govt of Odisha, this high-powered conclave will include some of the biggest sports stars including athletes, players, and coaches, national and international sportswriters. The organizers would welcome sports fans from across the world to listen to over 30 top-notch celebrity speakers.
The sports literature festival is going to kick start on November 2 at Mayfair Lagoon in Bhubaneswar. Undoubtedly, India has never witnessed an event of this magnitude, which would not only create headlines but also pave the way for a new sporting philosophy and sports strategy to emerge.
The inaugural event will feature as many as 30 speakers, including Ben Johnson, world-renowned former Canadian Sprinter; Richard Moore, Sports Journalist and Author; Jeff Thomson, former Australian Cricketer; Yogeshwar Dutt, Indian Olympic Medalist & Wrestler; Mohammed Kaif, former Indian Cricketer; Stephanie Rice, Triple Olympic Gold Medalist Swimming; Neeraj Chopra, Asian Games Gold Medalist Javelin; Andrew Downie, Foreign Correspondent and Author; Gymnast Dipa Karmakar; Former Cricketer/Author Akaash Chopra and Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat.
Besides Shri Chandra Sarathi Behera, Minister, Odisha Sports & Youth Services and Shri Vishal K Dev Commissioner-cum-Secretary Department of Sports & Youth Services, Govt of Odisha, several politicians and sports fans from across the globe will be attending the event.