Speaking at valedictory ceremony of #SportIT2020


I appreciate the unique venture of the Xavier Emlyon Business School, Bhubaneswar and the Sports & Youth Services Department in hosting SPORT-I.T 2020, India’s first ever sports and innovation festival here in Bhubaneswar.

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.


I am glad to see so many sports entrepreneurs, investors and students from across India and foreign nations are taking part in this event. I welcome all to Bhubaneswar, and wish them a great stay here.

  It’s a matter of happiness that Odisha has been conferred with Sports-Star Ace Award for the consecutive second year as the Best State for Sports Promotion in the entire country.  This reflects the commitment of Odisha Government for development of sport.

       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.

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