12 BJD MP-Elects Meet Naveen
12 BJD MP-Elects Meet Naveen

Sportstar Aces: Odisha Bags 'State Of The Year For Promotion of Sports' Award

14 February 2019


Mumbai: In Sports, passion to win a game will make you a winner but passion for the game will make you an icon. Similarly, in politics, passion for power will make you win elections but passion to serve will make you win people, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said while receiving the State of the Year for Promotion of Sports award at Mumbai today.

Naveen, while addressing the gathering at the Sports Star Ace Award award ceremony organised by the Hindu Group said that a competitive spirit is the hallmark of both (sports and politics) disciplines.

Without this spirit great achievements are not possible, he said. "Generally Ministers are used to giving away sports awards but today you must be surprised to see me getting one," the Odisha Chief Minister quipped while begining his speech.

"Politics is not very different from Sports. We have to run, duck, jump, catch and sprint. Sometimes you don’t even know which direction you are running. Sometimes you throw and sometimes you are thrown out. Both in sports and politics, you need passion to succeed," noted Naveen.

Citing the example of the 'Pucca Ghar' mission of Odisha Government, Naveen said that 20 lakh pucca houses in five years was a result of competitiveness among districts. "Achievers (top districts) were recognised fuelling further competition. And it resulted in a record 2 million families getting shelter security," the Chief Minister added.

Naveen batted for further investments in sports. Investment in sports in investment in youths and the future in subsequence, he said. Every State and its people are passionate about some sports, as Hockey is to Odisha.

If States start adopting one or two games, as Odisha has adopted Hockey, it will hugely benefit the Sports ecosystem in the country, said Naveen adding that only when States are involved, the catchment for sports talent can be broadened.

The Jury Awards at the event were for Team of the Year, Coach of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award for Best Sportsperson, Best Young Athlete (Men and Women), Parathlete Sportsperson of the Year (Men and Women) and Best State for the Promotion of Sports.

The winners were chosen by a panel headed by cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar and including The Hindu Group of Publishing chairman N Ram, former India hockey captain MM Somaya, and Olympians Anjali Bhagwat and Anju Bobby George.