Bhubaneswar, Jan 16: SPORT IT 2020, a unique Indo-French collaboration and first of its kind sports festival in the country will kick off at Kalinga Stadium on January 18-19 to coincide with FIH Pro League.
The SPORT IT 2020 will inaugurated by Odisha Minister for Sports and Youth Services Tusharkanti Behera while Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is slated to attend the function as the chief guest. Talking about the initiative, Tusharkanti Behera, said, “With SPORT IT 2020, we wanted to create an inclusive platform that would not only celebrate sports innovation and entrepreneurship but also involve sportspersons, sports start-ups, high performance centres as well as students in a significant way.” “It will encourage the participants from the sports fraternity, to meet, exchange knowledge, and learn from one another.” he added.
As many as 12 start-ups from all-across India working on sports technology, nutrition, flow monitoring, site-management, virtual reality and e-games are participating in the festival. The festival has three components – a ‘Sports Hackathon’ which is being organised in association with Start-up Odisha and Sports Unlimitech, the biggest sports and innovation festival in Europe, at XIMB with participation of 10 French students as well.
The festival will also be accessible to slum and underprivileged children and differently abled children, to give them a taste of the vibrant sports ecosystem of Odisha and reasons to enjoy and cherish sports. They will also get a chance to rub shoulders with the sports entrepreneurs and learn, unlearn and relearn from them.
This event comes under the auspices of XEBS-Ahluwalia Centre of Excellence for Sports Management, a unique collaboration between Xavier University, Bhubaneswar, emlyon business school, France, Department of Sports and Youth Services, Government of Odisha and KJS Ahluwalia Group. (UNI)