Indian players and officials have complimented All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) partnership with Odisha Sports.
The partnership started in 2018 with the state of Odisha hosting a number of soccer teams such as Indian Arrows who compete in India’s national league and the Senior Indian Women’s team. The AIFF said that these teams have been able to use Odisha’s “state of the art facilities and infrastructure”.
“The MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Government of Odisha has had a major impact on the development of Indian Football. A number of teams have been hosted and trained making use of the State of the Art facilities at the Kalinga Stadium complex,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said.
“I thank the Government of Odisha for their invaluable support and look forward to continuing the relationship strengthening the efforts for the continued growth of the sport in the country.”
The facilities available in Odisha include Kalinga Stadium, a high performance centre and the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology which has been used as a residential base, but also has training facilities perfect for Indian players and officials.
“Sports continues to be a top priority for the Government of Odisha,” Amarjit Kiyam said – a member of India’s national team and former player at the Indian Arrows.
“The Odisha High Performance Centre for National Youth Teams mark a convergence between the vision of the Govt. of Odisha and the All India Football Federation.
“The Govt. of Odisha, along with AIFF, is committed to strengthening the roots of Indian Football at the youth level in Odisha and India,” said Shri Vishal Kumar Dev, Commissioner and Secretary, Sports & Youth Services, Government of Odisha.
“This is a unique initiative, one, which other States would also do well to emulate, and thereby contribute to rapid development of the Indian Football landscape.
“Other than the HPC, Bhubaneswar is also one of the venues for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2021, as well as the eagerly anticipated World Cup qualifier between India and Qatar. This has led to tremendous excitement amongst the football aficionados of the state, all of whom are eagerly awaiting resumption of football action.”
Bhubaneswar is the capital of Odisha which is located in the east of India.