Column: From Rourkela To Bhubaneswar Sports Has Taken Big Strides In Odisha

Ashutosh Mishra

Bhubaneswar: Our capital metropolis is being hailed as the brand new sports activities capital of the nation. Whereas that is likely to be barely excessive there is no such thing as a denying the truth that Bhubaneswar now has world class infrastructure so far as hockey is worried. It was accorded the honour of holding Males’s World Cup hockey someday in the past solely as a result of it had put in place high quality infrastructure and was prepared to spend on additional enhancements.

Other than hockey, which the state authorities is patronising in a giant manner, we’re additionally selling soccer, desk tennis and badminton. We at the moment are able to host world class tournaments in these sporting disciplines. The craze for sports activities and video games is seen not solely in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, the latter being residence to the state’s most prestigious cricket stadium, however virtually in each a part of Odisha. Sports activities infrastructure even in districts is being improved.

That is exceptional contemplating that in my college and faculty days Rourkela was the most important sporting centre of the state. The Rourkela Metal Plant (RSP), the most important public sector employer in Odisha at the moment, patronized sports activities and video games in a giant manner. Cricket and soccer flourished underneath the aegis of RSP because it drew gifted gamers from completely different components of the nation to Rourkela. They grew to become a part of the state staff. Cricketers like Randhir Singh, who introduced Odisha cricket staff into limelight, had been imports. They got here to the metal metropolis as a result of RSP gave them profitable jobs.

In these days there was once soccer tournaments involving groups representing completely different departments of RSP. We used to go to the Ispat stadium in sector 6 often to look at soccer matches. I watched a number of Ranji trophy matches that includes Odisha within the stadium that was very near our college, Ispat Vidyalaya.

In reality, each time we managed to depart college a bit early we might go to the stadium and interact in fielding observe with Rourkela gamers most of whom had been a part of Odisha Ranji staff. Membership cricket additionally started in Rourkela a lot sooner than many different locations within the state.

The metal metropolis in these days was actually the sports activities capital of Odisha. It not solely hosted main cricket and soccer tournaments but in addition organised massive athletic meets. Girls sportspersons like bike owner Minati Behera made a reputation for themselves in Rourkela. If I bear in mind appropriately she was from my college. Fairly quite a few kabaddi gamers who made it to the state staff had been from Rourkela.

Then Cuttack emerged as the key sporting vacation spot of the state. Bhubaneswar’s arrival on the sporting scene in a giant manner was a a lot later growth. However the truth that our state capital is right this moment being hailed for its world class sports activities infrastructure reveals that it is able to compete with the perfect and the keenness for sports activities and video games is having a trickle-down impact with a lot of the districts attempting to develop their very own infrastructure together with stadia. It’s undoubtedly an excellent signal for the state and we needs to be happy with our achievements on this subject.

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