Odisha to set up High Performance Sports Academy in Bhubaneswar

(UNI) Odisha Government has decided to set up a High Performance Sports Academy which will have High Performance Sports Centers in nine different types of sports, Chief Secretary A P Padhi said here today.
Inaugurating the Forest Sports Meet-2018 here today at Kalinga Stadium, Mr Padhi said steps are being expedited to start the operation of the Centers from coming financial year in the state capital.
He said, Bhubaneswar has been designated as Sports Capital and Government is committed to promote various types of sports from Panchayat to International level events.
He said, sports and games promotes team spirit, healthy competitiveness and increases health consciousness.
Forest Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said, forest officials have excelled in various areas of sports and proved their excellence by wining one Gold, two Silver and seven Bronze medals in 23rd All India Forest Sports Meet (AIFSM) held at Hyderabad in 2017. Odisha Forest Officers also occupied 4th position in other 12 items.
He expressed the confidence that Odisha Forest officers would scale up their achievements in the coming AIFSM scheduled to be held at Raipur in January, 2019.