Odisha CM Approves Final Design Of High Performance Centre In Badminton
Bhubaneswar: A High-Performance Centre for Badminton will be set up on Kalinga Stadium premises in Bhubaneswar by Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation (PGBF) with support from Dalmia Cements Bharat Limited.
The company will provide Rs 30 crore to the foundation through CSR initiative for the establishment of the badminton academy for promoting the sport in the state.
A comprehensive presentation on the vision, design and roadmap for setting up a world-class badminton academy with a High-Performance Centre was made before Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Lok Seva Bhawan today.
Construction of the centre will start by December 2019 and will be completely ready by December 2020. The badminton academy will start functioning at the High-Performance Centre from December 2020. The academy will offer world-class training and coaching facility under the direct supervision and guidance of legendary badminton player and coach Pullela Gopichand.
Appreciating the efforts, the Chief Minister said, “With the vision of Gopichand and support of Dalmia Bharat, I am sure that the High Performance Centre will be one of the international standard training centres of our country. The State Government has provided three acres of land for the centre. The State Government is also constructing a multi-purpose Indoor Hall inside Kalinga Stadium campus which will be ready by February, 2020, where the High Performance Centre can start functioning immediately. Promotion of sports by industrial houses is a winning combination. My Government will always encourage such initiatives for the cause of sports in Odisha.”