Marking another important step in developing sports in Odisha, the Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation (PGMF) signed MOU with Department of Sports and Youth Services. The initiative will help in thrusting Odisha in the forefront of developing world class talent for Badminton among other sporting disciplines in the state.
The PGMF will be driving the Badminton academy at Odisha and will be responsible for providing technical support and the overall development of Badminton in the State.
Commenting on the association, Shri Naveen Patnaik said, “Badminton is one of the focus areas in sports for Odisha. Under the tutelage and guidance of PGMF, I am confident that we will be able to nurture and groom world class talents of the future. I want Odisha to win Olympic Medals for India, and we are all committed to make this into a reality.”
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Chandra Sarthi Behra, Sports Minister, Government of Odisha said, “We are proud to associate with Pullela Gopichand Badminton Foundation (PGMF) which will help us develop badminton stars of the future.”
Speaking on the association, Pullela Gopichand said, “It is an honour for us to be associated with the Govt. of Odisha and we are aligned to their vision to keep producing world class talent. The trajectory of Badminton as a sport in India has hit new highs in the recent past, with top players like Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu winning major honours at regular intervals. The academy in Odisha will help in keeping the momentum up, and we hope to nurture great talent right from the grass roots to the international levels.”
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