Odisha government today signed an Expression of Intent (EOI) with the International Association of Federation (IAAF) and Athletic Federation of India (AFI) for establishment of a high performance Academy in Kalinga stadium here to produce world class athletes.
Odisha Sports and Youth service department Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev, IAAF President Sebastian Coe and AFI President Adille Sumariwala signed the EOI in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
This initiative today will be a giant leap to realise our dream of producing Olympic medallists for the country and for Odisha in particular,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters.
He said the High Performance Academy will provide excellent coaching and integrated support services and educational experiences for the athletes, which will build their mental skill, confidence, focus and determination.
The state government will provide all necessary infrastructure and support services including outdoor stadium and international class medicine and physiotherapy facilities and specialists.