Jharsuguda : On National Sports Day, Vedanta Aluminium, Indiaâ€™sÂ largest producer of Â aluminium, pledges to strengthen grassroots sporting culture with theÂ participation of young talent from local communities in and around its areas of operations.Â In pursuit
of this aim, Vedanta Aluminium has been actively supporting several sports formats, events andÂ training programs in Jharsuguda, Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district) and nearby areas. Sports beingÂ integral to holistic development of the youth, the company is providing youngsters from localÂ communities with the required infrastructure and training to pursue their passion. Parallelly, it is alsoÂ building the ecosystem for increasing representation from rural communities in the national sportingÂ arena.
Commemorating National Sports Day at Jharsuguda, a football skills ; techniques demonstrationÂ was organized for youngsters in partnership with the Ardor Football Academy, an accreditedÂ academy of All India Football Federation (AIFF) for Odisha. Following this, three football matchesÂ were organized between the teams of Maa Samaleshwari Nagar, Baghiamal, Banjari and KurebagaÂ villages in Jharsuguda district. The winning team was Maa Samaleshwari Nagar, while the runnerÂ up team hailed from Kurebaga.
Recently, Vedanta Aluminium had also sponsored sporting gear for players participating in the â€˜MoÂ School Hockey Tournamentâ€™, for which the company partnered with the District Hockey Association,Â District Administration, and the District Education Department of Jharsuguda. At Mendra village inÂ Sundargarh district, the company has distributed volleyball and cricket kits to local kids. TheÂ company also facilitated a community volleyball tournament at Koraput, which saw participation ofÂ 16 teams from across the district, as well as a week-long football tournament at Laxmipur (also inÂ Koraput district).
In Lanjigarh, Kalahandi, karate and archery competitions were held with over 28 children and youngÂ adults participating in the event. Winner of the karate competition was Hitesh Kumar Mahakud, andÂ those of the archery competition in 20-meter and 30-meter categories were Jhuli Munda andÂ Simanchal Majhi. The winners were felicitated with medals by Smt. Saraswati Munda, Sarpanch â€“Â Lanjigarh. Presently, the company supports training of over 40 students in archery and 60 studentsÂ in karate at the SSD High School, Lanjigarh. They receive regular training from full-time coachesÂ and have won several recognitions at the state and national levels. Vedanta Aluminium has alsoÂ launched a short film on Simanchal Kadraka, a national champion in archery hailing from Kalahandi.
The film documents his journey from poverty-steeped beginnings to his wins at the national archeryÂ circuit, to becoming the local archery coach and preparing for Olympics. The short film can beÂ viewed here: https://youtu.be/cM9iNX0z2RU
Sports is also an integral part of the life at Vedanta, and the company has created vibrant SportsÂ Committees at each of its operations for employee engagement. At Lanjigarh, the Sports CommitteeÂ kicked-off a week-long sports fiesta on National Sports Day, which will see employees & familyÂ members contest in various sports such as basketball, volleyball, throwball, marathon, walkathonÂ and more.
Speaking about Vedanta Aluminiumâ€™s sports training initiatives for the youth, Mr. Sunil
Gupta, CEO â€“ Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, said,Â â€œSports is a wonderful way of inculcating in ourÂ budding youngsters the values of healthy competition, sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline andÂ more. Odisha has a stellar record of producing some of Indiaâ€™s top hockey players and footballers.
Enriching that legacy, we are striving to nurture a vibrant grassroots sporting culture to enableÂ holistic development of the region's youth.â€ Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO â€“ Alumina Business, VedantaÂ Limited,Â added â€œOur developmental initiatives in education, health & Â nutrition, skill development,Â sports and more, are tailored to the needs of the regions where we operate. On National SportsÂ Day, we recommit to our mission of creating and supporting the next generation of archery andÂ karate stars in the communities where we operate.â€
Appreciating the companyâ€™s initiative, Mr. Jaidev Mahapatra,Â Licensed Coach of All India
Football Federation (AIFF) â€“ Bhubaneswar, said,Â â€œSports provides a wonderful platform for
children to learn values like teamwork, healthy competition, pursuing goals, etc. which go a longÂ way towards shaping them as successful individuals. I commend Vedanta Aluminium for extendingÂ their support towards nurturing footballing talent at Jharsuguda.â€
Lauding Vedanta Lanjigarhâ€™s efforts to promote sports amongst rural communities, Smt.
Saraswati Munda, Sarpanch, Lanjigarh, said, â€œVedanta Lanjigarhâ€™s abundant support to aspiringÂ archery and karate players within our community is allowing them to perform exceptionally in majorÂ events at the state and national levels. Such a burgeoning sporting culture locally will surely go onÂ to increase the number of sportspersons from our community at national level.â€
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is Indiaâ€™s largest producer of aluminium,Â manufacturing more than half of Indiaâ€™s aluminium i.e., 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader inÂ value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta AluminiumÂ ranks 4th in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2021 world rankings for aluminium industry,Â a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters,Â alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emergingÂ applications of aluminium as the â€˜Metal of the Futureâ€™ for a greener tomorrow.