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CM hails Bhubaneswar as sought-after int’l sports event destination

 CM hails Bhubaneswar as sought-after int’l sports event destination

Bhubaneswar, May 7, 2017
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today hailed Bhubaneswar as a sought-after destination for international sports competitions. 
Speaking at a ceremony to unveil the logo and mascot of 22nd Asian Athletics Championship here, Patnaik said the championship will be largest ever sporting event in the State capital with participation of as many as 45 countries. “More than 700 athletes will participate in 42 athletic events spread over four days from July 6 to 9 here at Kalinga Stadium”, he added. 
The chief minister said the city is also going to host the Hockey World League Final in December 2017 and the prestigious Men’s Hockey World Cup in December 2018. “I am sure this athletic championship will provide substantial exposure to Odia boys and girls who will watch the World champions in action”, he stated. 
Patnaik said Kalinga Stadium is being transformed into world-class infrastructure facility for hosting international events as per the requirements of International Association of Athletics Federation. 
He urged youngsters to turn up in large numbers to attend the championship. The chief minister felicitated legendary athletes PT Usha and Anju Bobby George on the occasion.  Patnaik unveiled the mascot of the tournament ‘Ole’ which represents the protected sea turtle Olive Ridley. 
Sports and Youth Services Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera, President of Athletic Federation of India Adille Sumariwella, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary Sports and Youth Services Vishal Dev were among those who attended the function.


Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.


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