Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today through a Video Conference, inaugurated 3 world class sports facilities at Hinjilicut, Chatrapur and Bhubaneswar, marking a watershed day for Odisha sports infrastructure. Hon’ble Chief Minister said the State would be launching many more grassroot programmes across all the districts. He also announced that a Synthetic-turf Hockey Training facility would be constructed in Chhatrapur.
Chief Minister said that as part of the 5T initiative, the state has a focus on complete transformation of sports sector in the State. “We will continue to support sports persons in their endeavour to achieve excellence”, he added. Appreciating the vibrant sports culture of Ganjam, Hon’ble Chief Minister said that Hinjilicut Indoor Stadium and Chhatrapur Indoor Hall have been created to further promote sports activities.
Chief Minister said that Partnership of Industry and leading sports persons is a dynamic mechanism for flourishing sports. Expressing his happiness over the partnership with Aditya Birla Group and Gagan Narang, Hon’ble Chief Minister thanked Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla and Olympian Gagan Narang for their commitment to promote young talents in Odisha.
The International Standard Multisport Indoor Stadium at Hinjilicut is spread over 1.5 acres of land with a seating capacity of 300. It has playing courts for Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball, besides facilities for Yoga, Gym and Physiotherapy. The Chhatrapur Indoor Hall is equipped with 3 wooden floored badminton courts of International standard. The shooting range at Kalinga Stadium managed by Aditya Birla – Gagan Narang High Performance Centre will have a 22 lane 10-meter range and renovated 50 meter range. The range can cater to 60 athletes each day for training.
MP, Berhampur, Shri Chandra Sekhar Sahoo, Hon’ble MP, Aska, Smt. Pramila Bisoi, Hon’ble Minister, Sports & Youth Affiars Shri Tusharkanti Behera, Senior Vice President of National Rifle Association of India, Shri Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, Chairman of Aditya Birla Group Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla, Olympian and Ace Shooter, Shri Gagan Narang, and Hon’ble MLAs of Ganjam district were present. Chief Secretary Sri Asit Tripathy, Development Commissioner Sri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary Sports & YS Department, Shri Vishal Dev, Director of Sports Shri Vineel Krishna and other dignitaries were also present. Secretary to Hon’ble Chief Minister (5-T) Shri V.K. Pandian moderated the programme.