Odisha and JSW Sports Collaborate to Form Program For Budding Swimmers

The Youth and Services Department of the Odisha government has tied up with JSW sports to create a robust culture for swimming and produce world-class swimmers from the state. This will be a grassroots program identifying talents throughout the state, scheduled to commence from April 1.

For the initial phase, the program will be rolled out in eight locations – Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Balangir, Boudh, Sonepur, Angul, Ganjam, and Mayurbhanj. As part of the pact between the state and JSW sports, there will be a high-performance centre and availability of international standard coaching in the state. So far, twenty coaches including two regional heads have been selected by JSW Sports for these eight locations. To train these coaches as per international standards, JSW Sports in collaboration with DSYS has also conducted a 4-day intensive coaching program at KIIT University.

The training of the coaches was organised by Swimming Matters and was conducted by Olympian and AUSTSWIM Presenter Nisha Millet who represented India at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The course included a combination of both theoretical modules and practical sessions. The 20 coaches selected for the program, upon certification, will hold the globally-recognized AUSTSWIM license to teach swimming.

“This is a very comprehensive program designed by the experts from JSW Sports with whom the Odisha State Government has signed an MoU to develop High-Performance Centre for swimming in the state. To build a robust culture of swimming and to identify talent from various districts in the state, a well-planned Grassroots Program will be launched starting next month onwards in eight locations. Coaches who will be deputed in these locations have now been trained and certified following a 4-day course”, said Vineel Krishna, Special Secretary, Sports & Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha.

Stating the plans to develop swimming in Odisha, Rushdee Warley, CEO of Inspire Institute of Sport (IIS), the High-Performance Centre established by the JSW Group, said, “This is the start of a range of activities we are planning in partnership with the Odisha Government to develop a high-performance ecosystem for aquatic sports in the state. The focus will be on starting at the grassroots, teaching a life-skill and identifying talented swimmers early, who can then be transitioned through the ranks of our structured High-Performance system for the sport”.

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