Odisha receives Best State Promoting Sports award at the FICCI Sports Awards-2019
The Times of India , Dec 12, 2019
Odisha government bagged the prestigious Best State Promoting Sports Award at the FICCI India Sports Awards 2019 held at the FICCI Federation House in New Delhi on Wednesday.
State sports minister Tusharkanti Behera and sports secretary Vishal Dev received the award on behalf of the state government.
This award is a recognition of the stateís exemplary contribution towards the development of sports infrastructures and promotion of various sports, said Behera.
"In the last one year, Odisha has made significant strides in the field of sports by hosting some of the prestigious sporting events including the Hockey Olympic Qualifiers and the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship. It has set a precedent by launching High Performance Centers in various sports disciplines with corporates and eminent sportspersons, in a unique partnership model," said Behera.
It also bagged the hosting rights for the prestigious Menís Hockey World Cup 2023. Earlier, the state has hosted several other global sporting events like menís hockey world cup-2018, world hockey league in 2017 and Asian Athletics Championships.
The coveted FICCI India Sports Awards are an attempt by FICCI to acknowledge and recognize the contribution of sports persons and various stakeholders who deliver excellent results during the year, said an official statement issued by the state sports department.
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