Kalinga Stadium named Among 8 Khelo India Centres of Excellence

Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, which has played host to some of the top international level tournaments, has added another laurel to its name. The stadium has become one of the eight stadiums across the country to become ‘Khelo India Centre of Excellence.’

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, on Tuesday, virtually inaugurated the eight centres including Kalinga Stadium.

“This is a very important day for sports in India and it is a very important beginning to develop sports culture and excellence in the country. The youth in India is looking for initiatives from the Govt of India and the State Governments. The Khelo India State Centres of Excellence are being started in addition to the National Centres of Excellence,” Union Minister Rijiju said.

The Khelo India State Centre of Excellence in Kalinga Stadium has a total area of 66 acres. It will focus on three sports disciplines – Hockey, Weightlifting and Athletics.

“I am deeply humbled by the honour given to us by the Government of India to make the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar a Khelo India State Centre of Excellence. I am also hopeful our young athletes and coaches will benefit from these hi-tech and high-performance facilities. The benefits will trickle down to the grassroots and this will ultimately fire the imagination of various sportspersons,” Sports Secretary Vishal Dev, who was present at the unveiling said.

The support to the centres will be in the form of infrastructure upgradation, setting up of sports science centres and also soft components in the form of quality coaches and sports science human resources like physiotherapists, strength and conditioning experts. The centres will also have a high-performance manager to ensure the quality of sports science input and performance management.

The seven other states where these centres were unveiled are Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Kerala, Telangana, Nagaland and Karnataka.

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