Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday felicitated Indian males’s shuttlers and coach for his or her spectacular 2022 Thomas Cup victory.
India gained this coveted cup for the primary time within the historical past of the Thomas cup championship because it began in 1948-49. Aside from hockey and cricket, that is solely the third sporting occasion the place India grew to become world champion in a staff occasion.
Chief Nationwide coach Pullela Gopichand, gamers Kidambi Srikanth, Dhruv Kapila, Pronoy HS, Priyanshu Rajawat, Vishnuvardhan Goud, GK Prasad, Arjun MR, Chirag Chandra Sekhar Shetty and Rakkireddy Satwik Sairaj had been felicitated at a particular operate organised at Lok Seva Bhawan conference centre.
Patnaik honoured Gopichand with a scarf and memento. All of the staff gamers acquired Rs 10 lakh money award every, scarf and a memento. The gamers additionally introduced the Chief Minister with a staff India jersey autographed by all of the gamers.
Talking on the event, Patnaik stated that India has now grow to be a manufacturing centre for world champions in badminton. It’s the daybreak of a brand new period of Indian domination in badminton. Throughout the nation there’s nice curiosity among the many children and fogeys in badminton, he stated.
Praising Staff India, he stated that it’s a historic achievement and a proud second for the complete nation that our boys have grow to be World champions in a tricky sport like badminton.
A decade again it was unthinkable that India would begin to dominate a sport like badminton. Due to the dedication and dedication of coaches like Gopi Chand and help of the Badminton Affiliation, central and state governments, India has been capable of constantly carry out nicely on the worldwide stage within the final 10 years, he acknowledged.
Talking on the state’s effort to advertise badminton, he stated, “In Odisha additionally, we’re investing vastly in Badminton. In partnership with Gopichand, a state-of-the-art high-performance facility can be launched within the subsequent few months.”
“We’re setting up 89 multi-purpose indoor halls throughout the state. These will primarily cater to the event of badminton within the state. Many champions will emerge from Odisha within the coming years,” he hoped.
The Chief Minister introduced that his authorities can be more likely to host the Odisha Open as an annual occasion and help extra such worldwide championships.
Whereas each state is selling their very own sports activities individuals, Odisha is the one state that’s selling all sportspersons throughout the nation. Odisha is among the pioneers within the promotion of sports activities now, Gopichand stated in his tackle.
“This celebration is an inspiration for us. So, thanks Odisha for this large help,” stated an elated Gopichand.