An international standard badminton academy will come up in the premises of Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar with the support from Dalmia Bharat Group and Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation.
Dalmia Cements Bharat Limited has committed to providing Rs30 crore through its corporate social responsibility initiative to set up a high-performance centre for badminton. Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation (PGBF) will provide coaching and technical support for the academy.
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Construction of the centre will start by December this year and will be completed by the end of next year. The academy will start functioning at the centre from December 2020.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “With the vision of Gopichand and support of Dalmia Bharat, I am sure the performance centre will be one of the international standard training centre 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,” said Patnaik.