According to an official, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched sports infrastructure projects worth Rs 660 crore on Friday. These projects include the construction of 12 new Hockey Training Centers (HTCs), 48 multipurpose indoor stadiums, the Cuttack Table Tennis Academy, and the Rourkela Gymnastics Academy.

The infrastructure push will support the growth of sports culture at the local level and motivate people to lead healthier lifestyles, Official Said.

On this occasion, Chief Minister Patnaik also laid the foundation stone for eleven sports projects.

“We want to provide the best sports facilities for our young sportspersons so that they can realise their potential and bring laurels to Odisha and India. I hope that the facilities launched today will provide a big momentum to the sports development in the state,” Patnaik said on the occasion.

According to official sources, the 48 multipurpose indoor stadiums that were built throughout the state include courts, rooms, and other amenities for a variety of sports, including weightlifting, chess, badminton, table tennis, yoga, and others.

In Bhawanipatna, a refurbished multipurpose indoor hall has also been opened.

In addition to 16 top-notch TT tables, the Cuttack Table Tennis Academy has a fully-stocked gym and a separate weightlifting area.

The facility also includes spaces created especially for yoga and zumba, as well as a section reserved for chess enthusiasts. Similar to this, the Rourkela Gymnastics Academy has facilities for weightlifting, table tennis, yoga, and other activities in addition to equipment that meets international standards.

In order to enhance the hockey ecosystem in the state, Chief Minister Patnaik officially opened 12 Hockey Hubs (HTCs) that will provide professional coaching under the guidance of knowledgeable coaches.

As a result, the state now has the greatest number of HTCs in the nation, with 23 (Sundargarh-17, Sambalpur-2, Jajpur-1, Cuttack-1, Ganjam-1, and Bhubaneswar-1).

Eleven sports infrastructure projects were also made possible by Patnaik, including the construction of four multipurpose indoor stadiums in Remuna, Baliguda, Titlagarh, and Karanjia; an indoor swimming pool in Bhadrak; a football training centre; a basketball court and indoor swimming pool in Cuttack; a women’s football training centre in Aul; an HTC in Deogarh; an upgraded Baripada stadium; and an upgraded Nehru Stadium in Bhadrak, among other things.

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