In yet one more landmark achievement for Odisha, famend sports activities journal Sportstar honoured the State with the Decade’s Finest State for Promotion of Sports activities Award for the interval from 2011 to 2020. Odisha acquired the Sportstar Aces Award that honoured the giants of the last decade.
Famend Hockey star MM Somaya handed over the award to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a particular operate on the Loka Seva Bhawan in presence of eminent sports activities personalities of the nation. “I dedicate this award to the 4.5 crore folks of Odisha, particularly the youth,” the Chief Minister stated after receiving the award.
He stated that whether or not it’s catastrophe administration or it’s Covid administration, we have now confronted each problem boldly, come out with flying colors, and have set new benchmarks.
Talking in regards to the success of Asian Athletics 2017 inside simply 90 days’ time interval, he stated Odisha has now turn into well-known for its flawless conduct of nationwide and worldwide sports activities occasions, even at a brief discover. He additional stated, “We’ve got organised the Males’s Hockey World Cup 2018 and might be internet hosting the subsequent version as nicely in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in 2023.
Odisha is constructing the biggest Hockey Stadium within the nation in Rourkela for the Hockey World Cup. We’re additionally constructing India’s first indoor athletics observe. We might be in all probability the one State to plan for the indoor sports activities halls and fields throughout all of the city native our bodies. The challenge is to be launched shortly and might be accomplished by subsequent 12 months.”
Veteran sportspersons Sunil Gavaskar, Baichung Bhutia, Viswanathan Anand, Aparna congratulated for the award and appreciated the efforts Odisha has made in championing the reason for sports activities.
Amongst others, Sports activities Minister Tusharkanti Behera, Vetrearan Hockey star Dillip Tirkey, Sports activities Principal Secretary Vishal Dev, Secretary to CM 5T VK Pandian and different senior officers have been current.