NEW DELHI 25 NOVEMBER 2018 SUNDAY ` 7 PAGES 36 facebook/newindianxpress twitter.com/newindianxpress instagram.com/newindianxpress www.thesundaystandard.com/morningstandard.in ADVERTORIAL: AN EVENTXPRESS INITIATIVE Odisha The Game Plan Odisha has truly arrived as India’s premier sports destination. The State Government has put in place well-designed policies to make sports popular and sportspersons achieve laurels with quality coaching, care and infrastructure. O disha is scripting spectacular success stories in sports. Dutee Chand, considered the fastest woman in India, wrested two silvers in both the 100m and 200m at last month’s Jakarta Asian Games—joining illustrious Indian athletes such as P T Usha who have won more than one medal at the Asian Games. And the encouragement and promise of wherewithal to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who spoke to her over phone after her feat. “The chief minister said the entire country is proud of my achievements at the Asian Games. He also assured me of all support from the state government to prepare for future events. I have told him about my preparations for the 2020 Olympics,” an emotional Dutee said in an interview. Patnaik also announced cash award of `1.5 crore for each medal Dutee has won. Dutee is not the only sportsperson to have got the solid backing of the state’s BJD government. The Chief Minister also felicitated and gave away cash awards to six hockey players of the state—all members of the medal-winning national teams at the Asian Games—at a glittering event in Bhubaneswar in September. Sunita Lakra, Lilima Minz, Deep Grace Ekka and Namita Tappo—who were part of the national women’s hockey team that won silver medal at the Asiad— received cash rewards of `1 crore Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitating medal-winning hockey players from the state at the Asiad; Dutee Chand (right) each. Besides, Birendra Lakra and bonanza for athletes—`10 Amit Rohidas of the national men’s lakh for gold medal winners, `7.5 hockey team that won bronze got lakh for silver medals and `5 lakh for `50 lakh each. Sunita and Amit also bronze. And the mascot for the AAC received `2 lakh each, memento for was Olly, the Olive Ridley sea turtle ‘Player of the Year Award for 2017’ on typical to Odisha’s coasts, who toured the occasion. Athletes Jauna Murmu all 30 districts of the state to spread and Purnima Hembram were reward- awareness about the event. The state ed with `7.5 lakh each for representgovernment uses sports not just as an ing the country in the Asiad. arena for games but also to promote Dutee received the Biju Patnaik multiple sectors like conservation Sports Award-2016 and `2 lakh for and tourism. All the great cities of the outstanding performance in sports world benefit from tourist footfalls and games. The CM had during Olympics, Wimblegiven her `5 lakh as a don and FIFA World Cup. cash incentive after she With the conviction After the qualified for the World that there will be more spectacular Athletics ChampionDutee Chands and success of the ships in London. She Anuradha Biswals, the had also qualified for the government plans to set Asian Athletics Rio Olympics-2016 after up the Kalinga InterChampionships in Usha, thus becoming the national Sports City in Bhubaneswar, the first Indian to participate Bhubaneswar. After the government is in the event after a gap of spectacular success of the making Odisha’s 36 years. Sprinter Jauna biggest ever AAC held in capital the sports Murmu, the first woman Bhubaneswar in which from Odisha to have parmore than 1,000 athletes capital of India ticipated in 400m relay in in 42 disciplines from 45 World Athletics Champicountries participated, onships, was awarded `5 lakh. the state government has made its The government also conferred the intention clear to make the capital of Biju Patnaik Sports Award for LifeOdisha the sports capital of India. The time Achievement on Dutee’s coach new sports city will have facilities for Panchanan Gantayat. The Rourkela- all types of sports and games. “The based coach has produced eight proposed sports city would make us international athletes, including eligible to bid for most international Olympian Rachita Panda Mistry and competitions, including CommonAnuradha Biswal. wealth and Asian Games,” the CM The Asian Athletics Championships had declared at Kalinga Stadium. (AAC) held in July 2017 was an award This apart, four satellite stadiums Chief Minister with the teams at the Hero Indian Super League Spanish players at the World Hockey League Odisha’s victory run Dutee Chand wrested two silvers in both the 100m and 200m dash at last month’s Jakarta Asian Games. The CM promised her all support to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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