JODA/BARBIL, JAN 7, 2023
The Kickboxing and Wushu players of Joda-Barbil are National assets which must be looked after, groomed and nurtured, said Jindal Steel and Power (JSP) Group CEO (Steel) Dinesh Kumar Saraogi.
Saraogi addressed the young tribal sportsmen who bagged 9 gold medals and 1 bronze in recently concluded National Kickboxing Championship at SOA University, Bhubaneswar, in a special event organized during his visit to the Pellet Plant of JSP at Barbil on Friday. Also notables present on the occasion were Purushotham Madenahalli Dasappa, Unit Head, Pellet Plant; Sarat Kishore Panda, Head HR & ES; Vargil Lakra, Head CSR and other senior executives of the Pellet Unit.
The CEO interacted with each and every player present, as well as with the Coach Pankaj Kumar Mahanta, and received their feedback regarding training facilities, food & nutrition, sports infrastructures etc. as provided by the JSP Foundation, the social arm of JSP. He also enquired on their welfare and opinion, and assured them of further possible support towards betterment.
“Our Foundation will make sure that the young sportsmen are taken care of in all aspects. I am sure that the JSP Foundation will upgrade its support scale in the coming days for our sportsmen. Not just the sports life but the challenges faced by their personal life too are being looked after through the suitable programs and projects of the foundation. At the same time, the Foundation will also make further concerted effort to improve opportunities for players to showcase their talent at home and abroad in various tournaments.” Saraogi added in his address.
Interacting with the players on the occasion, Purushotham, Unit Head said, “As mentioned by the Hon’ble CEO, you all are national assets. We will try and provide you with the best training facilities and incentives. The Foundation has provided the best coaching staff and infrastructure for your benefit and growth.”
JSP Foundation, the social arm of Jindal Steel & Power has been supporting and promoting youths of Keonjhar District to play Wushu and Kickboxing, the forms of martial arts. The Foundation, in association with Odisha State Wushu Association, has been patronizing the Keonjhar District Wushu Team for the last 11 years. The Foundation extends all infrastructural support to the Team, like development of training centres, training facility by national level coaches, food & nutrition and clothing & conveyance for the players. During the past years, JSP Foundation groomed Babulu and Manju Munda, who have bagged silver and gold medals in International Wushu Tournaments in Brazil, Brunei and Moscow respectively.