Mumbai : The Sports and Youth Services Department of Odisha took a huge step by signing seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with seven leading corporate house with an goal to reinforce its sporting expertise.
The Memorandum were signed in an even called ‘Sports in Odisha’ organized at the Kalinga Stadium, where legendary sportspersons like Anil Kumble, Pullela Gopichand and Gagan Nanrang came forward to assist the sports culture within the state.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The signing of this MoUs have created a long-lasting partnership which will result in producing sportspersons of world standards. But this partnership is more than just giving grants and funds, it will focus on extending the outreach of every sport in India.”
Moreover, Vishal Dev, Commissioner-Cum-Secretary of Sports and Youth Services said that the move was long overdue in order to fully develop the quality sports and sportsmen in the country.
“By signing this MoUs we have built a framework which will work towards sporting education, talent identification at grass root levels and infrastructural development at a global level,” he said.
As per the MoU the sports will be sponsored by companies that have their sports foundations: athletics by Reliance Industries Group; football and Swimming by JSW Group; badminton by Dalmia Bharat Group; weightlifting by Ahluwalia Group with TENVIC Sports (Anil Kumble), shooting by Aditya Birla Group with Gagan Narang Sports Promotion Foundation; and hockey by Tata Group.