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  Naveen inaugurates Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Odisha
BHUBANESWAR,13 Aug 2019 (Team Orisports)

Odisha further strengthened its claim as a global destination of hockey and the sports capital of India with the launching of the state-of-the-art Naval Tata Hockey Academy, Odisha at the iconic Kalinga Stadium here today.

A joint initiative of Tata Steel, Tata Trusts and Government of Odisha, NTHA Odisha came as the state’s another major contribution to hockey, following the hosting of several international events, including 2018 Men’s World Cup, sponsoring National hockey teams for five years and setting up a hockey stadium with two synthetic turfs.


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the NTHA Odisha in the presence of Tata Steel CEO-cum-MD TV Narendran, Odisha Sports & Youth Services Minister Tusharkanti Behera, Sports Director R Vineel Krishna, Tata Steel Vice-president Chanakya Chaudhary, Tata Trusts Senior Advisor BurzisTaraporevala, Hockey India president Md Mushtaque Ahmad, CEO Elena Norman, Dutch hockey Olympian Floris Jan Bovelander, former Odisha hockey internationals Lazarus Barla and Subhadra Pradhan.


*     NTHA Odisha is a joint initiative of Tata Steel, Tata Trusts and Govt of Odisha.
*     It was formally dedicated to the Nation by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on 13 August, 2019.
*     Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar will be the home of the state-of-the-art academy.
*     NTHA has been named after Naval Hormusji Tata, who functioned as the president of Indian Hockey Federation for 15 years.
*     A High Performance Centre, NTHA Odisha will function as part of three-pronged progremme to groom hockey talents into international stars.
*     State Govt Sports Hostels in Bhubaneswar, Sundargarh and Rourkela will become Regional Development Centres (RDCs) of the programme.
*     Expertes engaged by Tata Trusts and Tata Steel will work with RDCs to rufther enhance their efficiency and excellence.
*     Under the programme, 10-20 Grassroots Centres (GCs) will be established in Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts.
*     Talents scouted from GCs will be recommended for admission into Sports Hostels.
*     GCs and RDCs will ensure continuous flow of talent into NTHA.
*     Young and enthusiastic hockey players will be trained and provided with career opportunities as trainers and coordinators in GCs and RDCs.
*     State Govt will provide infrastructure facility for the three-pronged programme.
*     Tata Trusts and Tata Steel will take care of management, lodging, boarding, talent scouting, coaching and exposure.
*     Tatas would be spending around Rs 13 crores in next three years for the hockey development project in Odisha.
*     Bovelander Hockey Academy, founded by Dutch Olympian Floris Jan Bovelander, is the technical partner of the programme.
*     NTHA will scout and groom hockey talents aged between 12 to 17 years.
*     24 girls, including 18 from Odisha have been selected for admission into NTHA in the first phase.
*     The 24 girls were selected from a pool of around 350 budding talents spotted in Odisha and its neighbouring states.
*     Six more girls and 30 boys would be given admission in the next phase.
*     Trainees of NTHA will get access to Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centre for scientific evaluation and improvement of their performance.
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TOP: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik with other dignitaries and girls trainees at the launching ceremony of the Naval Tata Hockey Academy in Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar on 13 August, 2019.

RIGHT: Inside wall of the Naval Tata Hockey Academy office, decorated with images of hockey internationals Odisha and the blue turf of the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in the background on 13 August, 2019.


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