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Badminton legend Pullela Gopichand to help Odisha realise Olympic medal dream

Bhubaneswar, June 8, 2018: The Odisha Government on Friday signed MoU with Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation to set up a world-class Badminton Academy in Odisha.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Pullela Gopichand at the State Secretariat here.

The CM said the partnership with badminton legend will groom world champions and help realise Odisha’s aspirations to win Olympic medals.

With his guidance, many Badminton players have gone on to triumph at national and international levels. He said that for a state aiming for Olympics, there is no better coach than Pullela Gopichand and assured that the State Government will provide him and his foundation all support, said the CM.

He released a documentary and coffee-table book titled ‘Challenge to Opportunity’ on AAC2017. Recalling the grand success of 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, Chief Minister stated that the event demonstrated the leadership ability of the state and emergence of Bhubaneswar as sports capital of India.

On the occasion Gopichand hailed State Government’s vision for bringing Odisha to global sporting map through gala events like AAC 2017 and Hockey World League Finals and initiatives like sponsorship of Indian Hockey Team and establishment of high performance training centres.

Odisha, the emerging sports capital of India, has demonstrated leadership to take up challenge and take it to conclusion like successfully hosting AAC2017 in only 90 days. We’ve taken path-breaking step for promoting sports by being first state in country to sponsor Indian Hockey Teams.

The appreciation of legend like Pullela Gopichand for our efforts to promote sports is encouragement to do more, added the CM.

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