Odisha Police Inducts 30 Sportswomen, CM Naveen Patnaik Lauds Move
Thirty of the total candidature of thirty-nine sportspersons inducted into various ranks of the Odisha Police through the sports quota are women. The move is being hailed as a positive development to encourage more women to take up sports and break social stereotypes that have long engulfed their potential.
Through a video conference call, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had an interactive session with the new entrants and said that the state would do everything it could to support the sportspersons fulfil their dreams and aspirations. He hoped that Odisha would produce many sportspersons and make India proud in days to come. Congratulating them, he remarked, “It’s a big moment for you to join a job and share the responsibilities of your families. I am sure your parents and families are proud of your achievement. It requires a lot of passion, discipline and hard work to excel in sports.”
Patnaik reiterated his belief, saying that investing in sports was tantamount to investing in youth. He said that sports is an avenue where the energy of the youth could be channelised positively. He also talked of the many projects taken up by the Odisha government to promote sports and initiatives to facilitate the discovery of talent irrespective of the economic background of the candidate. Highlighting how Odisha had taken a prominent place in the country’s sports sector in recent years, he said, “We have successfully hosted several national and international events. The Hockey World Cup 2018 and the Asian Athletics championship 2017 have been a great success for the State.”
The State Government recently invested ₹1000 crore to build India’s largest hockey stadium in Rourkela, for the upcoming 2023 Hockey World Cup. It has also partnered with several corporates and conglomerates to further the cause of sports throughout the state. Such initiatives have led to Odisha being branded as the ‘Sports Capital of India’.