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KIIT & KISS has produced 5000 Sports Talents: Achyut Samant

KIIT organised a Mega Sports Get-together this Sunday at Mayfair Convention in Bhubaneswar. The objective was to extend best wishes to four KIIT & KISS students selected to participate in the upcoming Asian Games 2018.

Four girls Dutee Chand, Jauna Murmu, Purnima Hembram and Rutuparna Panda from KIIT & KISS have qualified for the Asian Games. Dutee, who earlier had the distinction of representing the country at Rio Olympics, has qualified for 100m and 200m events. Jauna and Purnima have qualified for 400m hurdles and Heptathlon respectively, while Rutuparna will be a part of Indian Team Badminton Squad.

On the occasion founder of the organisation Dr Achyut Samant said, “KIIT and KISS are like two sides of the same coin, have been according a high importance to sports and games, besides quality education, since their inception. Our students have been bringing glory for the country in the field of sports for the last 10 years. They have been representing India and Odisha regularly at international and national level sports meets, including Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games”, he stated.  

“Incredibly, KIIT & KISS have about 5000 active sportspersons, 70% among them girls. Over 70 students are international sportspersons and have participated in one or more international sports meets in 14 disciplines. Over 800 students have played in national level meets in 26 disciplines. About 4000 students have participated in state level sports meets or national university/school games”, Samant added.

A documentary was shown on the occasion which presented a brief knowledge on sports infrastructure in KIIT & KISS. As per the information provided by KIIT PRO, there are 15 international standard sports complexes with gyms, swimming pools, synthetic volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, besides indoor badminton, billiards, table tennis, yoga and squash courts. It regularly hosts national level tournaments on its cricket stadium (BCCI approved), Hockey stadium (Global category certification by FIH) and International Archery Stadium. Football Stadium, Olympic size Swimming Pool, International Chess Hall and Synthetic Athletic Track (400m) are among other facilities available on the campuses.

Among others MP Prasanna Patasani, Actor Anubhab Mohanty, Sports Star Dilip Tirkey, MLA Priyadarshi Mishra, Mayer Ananta Narayan Jena, Ambassador of the Republic of El Salvador to India Ariel Andrade Galindo, Ambassador of Bolivia to India Sergio Darío Arispe Barrientos, Sport Jounalist K Ravi, Sports Star Shradhanjali Samantaray, Olympian Anuradha Biswal, Cricketier Debasis Mohanty, Actress Barsha Priyadarshini and Actor Sabyasachi Mishra were also present on the occasion.

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