Odisha govt to set up Table Tennis academies in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack

ITTF President meets Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to discuss promotion of Table Tennis in the state

Bhubaneswar: Delegates from International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) and International Table Tennis Federation foundation today met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the capital city here.

The delegation included Petra Sorling, President, ITTF and ITTF foundation, Leandro Olvech, Director, ITTF Foundation, Saurabh Mishra, Programme Manager, ITTF Foundation, Julia Tappendorf, Program Coordinator, ITTF Foundation.

President, ITTF, Petra Sörling presented Chief Minister the Table Tennis for Development handbook on using table tennis for social change, developed in partnership with GIZ, and Pro Sport Development India, who are running the Community Table Tennis project in Bhubaneswar, supported by the ITTF Foundation’s Dream Building Fund.

Welcoming the delegation, Chief Minister Patnaik praised the effort of the ITTF to promote Table Tennis in the state and country and assured them of all support.

The delegation expressed their delight and keenness to be in Odisha and work closely with the Government and support the state’s endeavour to grow the sport of Table Tennis. They shared that they will organise competitive events, plan social legacy of table tennis events and provide coach education in Table Tennis.

ITTF Foundation strongly supports the Chief Minister’s vision of using sports to empower and develop the youth of Odisha.  The ITTF Foundation is the ITTF Group’s sport for development body and is supporting a project in Bhubaneswar to use table tennis for gender empowerment and equality.

Chief Minister informed the delegation about the state government’s decision to set up Table Tennis academies in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. Also, Table Tennis training centres will be set up across all the indoor halls in the state. He sought help from the ITTF to train coaches and host international TT events in Odisha.

The delegation expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister for his focus on sports and for his plan towards TT development. They appreciated the Commonwealth TT championship organised in 2019 in Cuttack and assured support to bring more such events to Odisha.

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