Naveen Presents Odisha Juggernauts Rs 2 Crore, Announces Stadium & HPC For Kho Kho

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday presented Odisha Juggernauts a total cash award of Rs 2 crore at a felicitation ceremony organized at Kalinga Stadium to felicitate the inaugural Ultimate Kho Kho League champions.

“Kho kho has been a traditional sport restricted to rural belts and interiors with limited audience. You scripted history with your victory at the Ultimate Kho Kho. This will be remembered and discussed for days to come. It will inspire the younger players to pursue it as a professional sport. Today, people are talking about Ultimate Kho Kho and Odisha Juggernauts, and we feel extremely proud of our team. You are exemplary and I wish you many more success,” Naveen said.

The CM also announced that the Odisha government will strive for excellence of the sport by establishing a stadium for kho kho as well as a High Performance Centre.

Tenzing Niyogi, the CEO of Ultimate Kho Kho, presented the team gold medal to Naveen.

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Odisha Juggernauts displayed indomitable spirit at the Ultimate Kho Kho League and remained table toppers for most part of the season. Their tackle against Telugu Yoddhas was a nail-biting spectacle with Odisha Juggernauts defeating the opponent in the last few seconds thus clinching the maiden Champions Trophy. They fulfilled the dreams of hundreds of fans from across Odisha.

Kho Kho Federation of India president Sudhanshu Mittal appreciated the ‘unbelievable’ motivation, enthusiasm and support Odisha is providing to the game and said that kho kho needs such support from all states.

Among others present at the function were Secretary to Chief Minister (5T) V K Pandian, Sports minister Tusharkanti Behera, Chief Secretary Suresh Mohaptra, Development Commissioner P K Jena and Sports Secretary R Vineel Krishna.

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