Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik appeals Pathotsav Olly Asian Athletics Championship
Bhubaneswar 25th June 2017 (By Debabrat Mohanty) :- Occasion of holy Rath Yatra, he greeted people of the state by saying “Jay Jagannath”. He expressed his pleasure to see such kind of event which benefits health and mind of citizens. The Patha Utsav today attracted huge footfall as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inspired citizens to come, Asian Athletics Championship was the centre of attraction on the 31st edition of Pathotsav here on Sunday. As part of its ambitious ‘citizen connect’ programme Odisha Government picked Pathotsav to promote and publicize the Athletics Championship ahead of its inauguration on July 5.While attending the mega event, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sought people’s cooperation in making the event a grand success in Bhubaneswar.“Today’s Pathotsav has been dedicated for the upcoming 22nd Asian Athletics Championship which is a glorious moment for people of Odisha,” said Patnaik. Patnaik further said that the city of Bhubaneswar is fully prepared to host the mega event and welcome the players and delegates from 45 countries. “I urge support of people of Odisha and treat the players and delegates as our family members, part in the `mahakumbh’ of the athletics extravaganza. Housing and Urban Development Minister Niranjan Pujari, Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Sports and Youth Services Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera, MP Dr. Prasanna Kumar Patsani, MLA Bhubaneswar (Central) Bijay Kumar Mohanty, MLA Bhubaneswar (North) Priyadarshi Mishra, BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and Development Commissioner-cum-additional chief secretary R. Balakrishnan were present. Today’s Patha Utsav was unique with a lot of new initiatives. Bollywood singer Vinod Rathod, leading dance groups like Dancework Z institutes, Prince Dance group and other famous groups performed in the Path Utsav in 3 different stages. More 2 number of dance floors were provided for dance challenge programme.The sports department had given thousands of T-Shirts, Caps and stickers for the volunteers which created an environment of Asian Athletics Meet programme the Patha Utsav event. It can be mentioned here that the AAC-2017 will have 20 world champions and over 800 athletes from of 45 nations. All these were completed in a record three months time by different agencies engaged by the Odisha Government.As an innovative exercise, themes like “Walk with Olly’’ the mascot of the games, “Selfie with Olly’’, ‘Meet the Sports Star’, ‘Festival of Aisa’- book reading and storytelling sessions from 30 Asian countries, ‘Sports Quiz’’, ‘Dance Battle’ have been chosen to make this Patha Utsav memorable. Apart from the Chief Minister, Sports and Youth Services Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev and BMC Commissioner Dr. Krishan Kumar also graced the occasion Official mascot for so that they would be our ambassadors when they return to their respective countries,’ Patnaik added.