Odisha Recognised As ‘Best State for Promotion of Sports’

In news that is sure to delight sports enthusiasts in the state, Odisha has won the title of ‘Best State for Promotion of Sports’ award at the Sportstar Ace Awards 2019. Sportstar Ace Awards is a tribute to Indian sports-persons, as well as organising states for their exemplary achievements and outstanding contributions to sports.

The award was presented by Indian chess Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, and the ceremony was held at the Crystal Hall in Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik collected the award and dedicated it to the ‘four and a half crore sports-loving people of Odisha’.

“Every state and its people are passionate about some sport; for example, hockey in Odisha. In a pioneering step, the government of Odisha is the official sponsor of the national hockey teams, both men and women. I believe that investment in sports is investment for the youth; investment in the youth is investment in the future,” said Patnaik

Odisha had hosted the 14th Men’s Hockey World Cup in Kalinga stadium, Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16, 2018. It was an event of unrivalled grandeur and was a spectacular moment for Indian hockey. The tournament was promoted from the grassroots, with the host city Bhubaneswar, getting a glittering makeover.