Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Tennis Association felicitated two young tennis talents of the State today during a function at Kalinga Stadium here.
Debasis Sahoo, currently ranked number one, U-16 and U-18, in Odisha, has shown huge promise as a budding talent at the national level. Sahoo is the first player from the State to play the prestigious junior event of “Road to Wimbledon Master Qualifying Tournament” in the U-14 Boys category in 2019.
Sohini Sanjay Mohanty, currently seeded number one in U-14 girls category in the state and seven in India, has started making her journey into big leagues like ITF. She has not only earned numerous laurels but has the distinction of being the youngest player from Odisha to have won more than sixty titles. She stood 3rd representing India in the U-11 Ten-Pro 2019 at Rafal Nadal Academy, Spain.
Chief Guest, Tusharkanti Behera, Minister, Sports & Youth Services E& IT departments felicitated both the young talents, in the presence of Guest of Honour, R Vineel Krishna, Secretary Sports; Asit Tripathy, President, Odisha Tennis Association; Satyajit Mohanty, Secretary, Odisha Tennis Association; Sanjeeb Panda, Jt Secy, Odisha Tennis Association, and expressed hope that they would bring more laurels for the country.
On this occasion, the Minister also launched a mobile application of the Odisha Tennis Academy. The application will facilitate online registration of players for coaching, assignment of coaches, booking of the courts, issue of identity card etc. to the players.
Currently, five coaches are engaged in Kalinga Stadium and coaching more than one hundred young players.
The new office of the Odisha Tennis Association was also inaugurated by the Minister on this occasion.