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Bhubaneswar major sports destination on world map

 Bhubaneswar has emerged as a major sports destination on the world map through the initiative taken by the government in the last few years, said State Electronics and Information Technology and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera.

Addressing media persons here today, Behera said the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships will be held in Bhubaneswar from July 5 to 9. More than 1,200 athletes and officials from 45 countries will be participating. He added that World Class Hockey Complex at Kalinga Stadium Sports Complex has successfully hosted the Federation of International Hockey (FIH), eight-Nation Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament from December 6 to 14, 2014. The minister said Bhubaneswar will also host FIH world League Final (Men) from December 6 to 14, 2017 and FIH World Cup'2018 from November 28 to December 16, 2018.

Behera said world class infrastructure has been created for Hockey and Athletics at Kalinga Stadium. “ The up-gradation of the infrastructure is being taken up on priority basis:, he stated. The minister said construction of Integrated Sports Complex at major cities of the State including Jeypore, Berhampur, Bhawanipatna, Balasore, Rourkela and Baripada, with facilities of Multipurpose Indoor Hall with provision for Gym, Indoor games as Badminton/TT etc., Min. Standard Size Swimming Pool, Tennis Court/Basketball and Volleyball Court, Playfield for Football and other outdoor sports, Administrative Building with Training Hall and Conference Hall, is underway.

Behera said the State government has come up with a scheme to construct mini stadium in every block and urban local body.

Behera said the Highest cash prize for meritorious sportspersons has been enhanced to Rs one crore for winning gold medal in Olympic Games (individual event) and 50 pc of the amount for team event. “In the last three years 896 sportsperson (including PwD sportspersons) have received cash award worth Rs 4.01 crore. During the year 2016-17, 455 sportsperson and two coaches have been awarded with cash award amounting to Rs. 1,48,61,500”, he informed. The minister said in order to commemorate the birth centenary celebration of Late Biju Patnaik, Biju Patnaik Himalayan Expedition has been introduced as an annual programme in collaboration with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation headed by Bachendri Pal, the first woman to scale Mt Everest from India. “The expedition aims at instilling values of adventurism, discipline, team spirit and leadership among youths”, he said. Behera said the Chief Minister flagged off the expedition team on September 15, 2016. Out of the 15 participants, 13 participants successfully scaled Mt. Rudugaira. For 2017, planning has been made for scaling Mt. Thelu (6002 M).


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