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Naveen Opens Sports Lit Fest

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the star studded Sports Literary Festival that began here as a "one-of-a-kind platform for exchanges between authors, enthusiasts and players".

Chief Minister while inaugurating the 'Ekamra Sports Literary Festival' here ahead of Odisha Men's Hockey World Cup in Odisha, said the two-day event will develop a sports culture and generate interest about popular games among the youngsters.

Minister Sports & Youth Services Chandra Sarathi Behera, Secretary Tourism, Sports & Youth Services, Vishal Dev and others graced the occasion.

Mr.Patnaik said sports can be a "life-changing experience" and can change one's outlook towards everything.

The games and their impact, the players and their struggles, victories and rejoices, failures and disappointments, and if possible, the story behind each story - sports literature can truly captivate young minds, he said. 
Chief Minister said that there will be a "lot of writing" on the upcoming hockey event here.

"We welcome the finest minds in the world of sports to write, discuss and reveal their stories. This two-day fest will provide a unique platform for literary exchanges between authors, sports enthusiasts and players”, said Mr.Patnaik

Since Odisha has been the "cradle of hockey" with many top Indian players from the state "donning the national colours", hosting the Men's Hockey World Cup will be an honour for people here, Chief Minister said.

Mr.Patnaik said, "For several decades now, as a state, we wanted to take our commitment towards the sport to another level by putting a spectacular show, which would eventually see hockey lovers from across the globe return home with alluring memories from the event here.”

Chief Minister said that h
osting the Men's Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar is a certainly a glory for us.

“As a State, we wanted to take our commitment towards the sport to another level by putting a spectacular show, which would eventually see hockey lovers from across the globe return back home with alluring memories from the event here:, said he.

“Our aim is to give the audience the best in terms of experience and comfort of watching the matches live. I hope that all the 16 participating teams will showcase the spirit of sportsmanship in their endeavour,” the Chief Minister said.

He said
“While the greatest spectacle in the world of Hockey is coming to Bhubaneswar; it’s natural that there will be a lot of writing on the event as well. We welcome the finest minds in the world of sports to write, discuss and reveal their stories on sports, and make people engaged to, not alone Hockey, but to the entire realm of sports and games.”

“Sports literature can create a special kind of aura of sports in the minds of people. The games and their impact, the players and their struggles, victories and rejoices, failures and disappointment, and if possible, the story behind each story-- Sports literature can truly captivate and bring our generation under the impression of sports. Sports can be a life changing experience. In fact, it can change our outlook towards life,” the Chief Minister said.

Mr.Patnaik also unveiled the covers of a Ready Reckoner on Hockey World Cups over the years and sports magazine 'Hockey Bytes'.

Sports and Youth Services Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera said the literary fest as a ‘New Chapter’ in the history of the state, the event was being held as a run-up to Men's Hockey World Cup, scheduled to begin on November 28.

Organised by the Department of Sports and Youth Services, the Conclave drew on the first day some of the biggest sports stars, including international athletes, players, coaches and sportswriters.

Canadian Sprinter Ben Johnson, former Australian Cricketer Jeff Thomson, Olympic Gold Medallist Swimmer Stephanie Rice, and Indian Wrestler Vinesh Phogat were among those who will share their stories and experiences at the two-days long Fest.
 
 


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