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Hockey India League proposes franchise for Odisha


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OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Aug 27

The Hockey India League (HIL) has proposed a franchise for Odisha.

A team of HIL officials, led by general secretary Dr Narendra Batra, had a discussion in this regard with chief secretary JK Mohapatra at the State Secretariat here today and made a presentation on opportunities involved in franchise and the potential of Odisha in hockey.

Stating that Odisha had produced a number of international players like Ignace Tirkey, Dillip Tirkey, Lazarus Barla and Michael Kindo, Batra hoped that the youths of the state would emulate these players and make their state proud.

“Franchise in the League will promote sports at the grassroots level in the state and increase community visibility and will be helpful for propagation of various potentialities of Odisha both at national and international levels”, he pointed out.

Talking about the objectives, Batra said the League will focus on talent scouting.
The franchise will enhance the city’s image on an international scale as many international sports events will be held and Odisha will be a part of the global league.

“The cost involvement in the franchise for 2014 and 2015 is estimated at around Rs 6 crore with an assured revenue generation of more than Rs 3 crore”, he informed.

The proposal for a franchise through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) in partnership among Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO), Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and other state-owned PSUs was discussed at the meeting.

The chief secretary asked development commissioner I Srinivas to examine the proposal and suggest its feasibility.

Among others, secretary, sports and youth affairs HK Tripathy, CMD, IDCO Vishal Dev, MD, OMC Saswat Mishra, director, sports DV Swami and senior officers of the concerned departments were present.