A high-performance sports academy for athletes will be built in the Kalinga Stadium with the Odisha government on Thursday signing an Expression of Intent (EOI) with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
Even as the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships opened with unprecedented buzz on Wednesday, the Odisha government has taken the first big leap towards building the future of athletics in the State.
To be called Odisha-AFI-IAAF High Performance Academy, it would be located at Kalinga Stadium and have professional environment and support to athletics, track and field events. The academy will provide coaching, integrated support services, education and experience to athletics. It will have the objective of creating an eco-system in which youth and junior talents can grow and make a career to take part in international events.
The state Sports and Youth Services Department will provide funds and make available infrastructure and support services, said an official. The IAAF would provide specialists, assist in educating elite coaches and supporting specialists.
The AFI will assist in the management of the academy and selection of its the head, teachers and other staff. It will also liaise with the IAAF. The EOI was signed by Sports Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev on behalf of the Odisha government, AFI president Adille Sumariwala and IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe.