Bhubaneswar: In a significant development in sporting scenario of the country today, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, inaugurated the largest state-of-the-art Sports Science Centre at the Kalinga Stadium here in Bhubaneswar. Established in collaboration with Abhinav Bindra, India’s inaugural individual Olympic gold medalist, this groundbreaking facility is designed to serve athletes across diverse disciplines. Positioned to become a focal point for injury management, rehabilitation, recovery, and performance enhancement, the center comprehensively addresses the needs of local sporting talent while also being accessible to elite athletes nationwide.
This Sports Science Centre boasts specialized laboratories that ensure athletes receive personalized care and support tailored to their unique requirements, fostering their potential and propelling them towards excellence. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, speaking on the occasion, emphasized, “The establishment of this Sports Science Centre marks a pivotal milestone in our commitment to nurturing sporting talent. By integrating top-notch equipment and expertise, this Centre will serve as a catalyst for our athletes’ growth, enabling them to achieve their fullest potential.”
The facility represents Odisha’s dedication to nurturing sporting excellence through the incorporation of cutting-edge technology and the implementation of global best practices. As the largest sports science facility in the country, it stands as a testament to the state’s commitment to advancing athletic performance.
A comprehensive team of experts, including bio-mechanists, sports scientists, physiotherapists, exercise physiologists, strength and conditioning specialists, psychologists, nutritionists, sports masseurs, and nurses, ensures a holistic approach to athlete well-being and development. Notably, para-athletes receive dedicated attention with custom-designed equipment addressing their unique needs. The facility also integrates revolutionary technologies such as anti-gravity weight-bearing, sensory deprivation, and cryogenic therapy, expediting recovery and ensuring a swift return to the field.
The inauguration ceremony witnessed the presence of key figures, including Chairman 5T & Nabin Odisha, V K Pandian, Sports & Youth Services Minister, Odisha, Tusharkanti Behera, Development Commissioner Anu Garg, and Sports Secretary, Odisha, Vineel Krishna.