Bhubaneswar: Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain was happy to see World Class Sports Infrastructure at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
After unveiling country’s first Indo French dual degree Master’s program in Sports Industry Management of Xavier Emylon Business School (XEBS) at XIMB, Ambassador , Mr.Lenain visited the Kalinga Stadium Complex.
Consul General, Consulate General of France in Calcutta, Virgine Corteval, and officials of XEBS went around the facilities accompanying the Ambassador.
Special Secretary, Sports and Youth Services, R Vineel Krishna shared the unique initiatives of Odisha that has set it apart from other states
The Ambassador took a tour of the High Performance Centres- Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High Performance Centre and Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centre (ABTP)
At the Hockey HPC, Ambassador interacted with trainee cadets and took to the stick to play a few shots of hockey with the young players who were awe-struck by his presence and elated too to have such a diplomat amongst them on their blue turf.
Project Director of the HPC, Rajiv Seth, gave an over view of the thriving Hockey ecosystem in Odisha.
The Ambassador also shared a few words of inspiration with the cadets.
Thereafter, at the ABTP Sports Science Centre he had a virtual interaction with Olympian gold medalist, Abhinav Bindra and was demonstrated the bio mechanical assessment and rehabilitation facilities by the head of the centre, Pradeep Pillay.
The tour concluded with Principal Secretary, Sports and Youth Services, Vishal K Dev sharing the journey of sports in Odisha.
And at the core of which lies world class infrastructure development, international sporting events, bouquet of High Performance Centres and grass root programs.
Ambassador Mr.Lenain was delighted to see the infrastructure and appreciated efforts of the Odisha Government in Sports and Youth Services Department (DoSYS).