Jharsuguda: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, recently hosted a two-day District Hockey Championship in collaboration with the Jharsuguda District Administration, aimed at nurturing local hockey talent. Held on the premises of its world-class township in Jharsuguda, the tournament, which included a semi-final on Day 1 and the final on Day 2, witnessed enthusiastic participation from over 153 children representing five government schools in the region. In the Junior Boys final, Jharsuguda Zone 1 overcame Kirmira Zone 2, while in the Junior Girls final, the Jharsuguda junior girls team triumphed over Kirmira’s.
As part of its commitment to developing grassroots sports and facilitating a wider range of opportunities for youths in rural areas to advance, Vedanta Jharsuguda distributed high-quality hockey kits to each of the participating children. Through this, the company aims to help them enhance their hockey skills and encourage young players to pursue their passion for the sport. The event was graced by several esteemed guests, including Mr. Aboli Sunil Naravane, the District Collector & District Magistrate of Jharsuguda and President of Jharsuguda District Hockey Association, Mr. Lankeshwar Amat, Additional District Magistrate, Mr. Prabir Kumar Nayak Additional District Magistrate, Mr. Sumit Kumar Mishra, District Sports Officer, and senior officials of Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda.
Expressing his delight at witnessing the District Hockey Championship, Sunil Gupta, CEO-Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, stated, “At Vedanta Jharsuguda, we believe in the power of sports to transform lives and empower communities. This event has provided a platform for young hockey enthusiasts to showcase their talent and innate passion for the sport. We are committed to nurturing and supporting our communities’ youths in exploring several avenues for their advancement, including sports, and are determined to help them achieve their goals. Vedanta Jharsuguda remains committed to its vision of fostering local talent and contributing to the overall development of the communities it operates in.”
Ms. Aboli Sunil Narvane, District Magistrate & Collector, and President of Jharsuguda District Hockey Association said, “Promoting a culture of sports among youngsters augments their skills and abilities in numerous ways and helps in their overall growth and development. The District Administration is committed to facilitating young achievers in the field of hockey. Our future efforts will include comprehensive training and development programs aimed at helping these young achievers excel in upcoming hockey tournaments. I commend Vedanta for supporting us in this endeavor. The successful organization of the District Hockey Championship is a testament to their dedication to Jharsuguda’s continued progress.”