19 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: Present today at the Valedictory Ceremony of the SPORT IT 2020, India’s first-ever sports and innovation festival here in Bhubaneswar, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke highly of the event.
The Xavier Emlyon Business School (XEBS) in collaboration with Sports and Youth Services Department, Government of Odisha, hosted the two-day fest of SPORT IT 2020 at Kalinga Stadium here. The event came to a colourful end today.
CM Naveen was at the valedictory function as the Chief Guest. Accompanying him were State Minister for Sports and Youth Services, Tusharkanti Behera and State Minister for Industries and MSME, Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra.
Speaking at the event, Naveen said, “With SPORT IT 2020, we want to create an inclusive platform that would not only celebrate sports innovation and entrepreneurship; but also involve sportspersons, sports startups, high-performance centres and students in a significant way. It will encourage the participants from the Sports fraternity to meet, exchange knowledge, and learn from one another.”
He heartily welcomed sports entrepreneurs, investors and students from across India and foreign nations and expresses his happiness at their eagerness in participating in SPORT IT 2020.
CM referred to Odisha winning Sports-Star Ace Award for the consecutive second year as the Best State for Sports Promotion in the entire country and said that it reflected the State Government’s commitment to development of sports. He added, “I am sure the festival will enhance the outcome of our efforts to bring innovation to sports and promote a sporting culture among the youth.”
Talking about the initiative, Tusharkanti Behera, said, “With SPORT IT 2020, we wanted to create an inclusive platform that would not only celebrate sports innovation and entrepreneurship but also involve sportspersons, sports startups, high-performance centres as well as students in a significant way.”
With its vision to work towards inclusion, the festival will also be accessible to slum and underprivileged children and differently-abled children, to give them a taste of the vibrant sports ecosystem of Odisha and reasons to enjoy and cherish sports, said the event’s press note.