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Report on Exposure Visit to Kalinga Sports Complex, Bhubaneshwar – 16-18th Jan 2024

Co-Curricular: Report on Exposure Visit to Kalinga Sports Complex, Bhubaneshwar – 16-18th Jan 2024
Type: Co-Curricular – Other
Event Date: 16 Jan 2024
Venue: Kalinga Sports Complex, Bhubaneshwar
Campus: Belur Campus
Department: Sports Science and Yoga

Kalinga Sports Complex 

Kalinga Stadium foundation stone was laid by the former chief minister of Odisha Biju Patnaik in 1978. It is a multipurpose stadium in the smart city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.  It is situated in the heart of the capital, the Kalinga Sports Complex has facilities for Athletics, Football, Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball, Wall Climbing and Swimming. The city of Bhubaneswar has been termed as the ‘Sports Capital of India’ for hosting a large number as well as a wide variety of sporting events and nurturing future talents.

Khelo India State Centre of Excellence

Union Minister of Sports & Youth Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju virtually inaugurated 8 Khelo India State Centres of Excellence (KISCEs) across India in the presence of distinguished State Ministers . The 8 States include: Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Kerala, Telangana, Nagaland, Karnataka and Odisha. KISCE  focuses on three disciplines mainly: Hockey, Weightlifting and Athletics. The Central and State Govt. works together and provides necessary financial assistance to develop proper infrastructure and manpower for  high quality training & sports science support, with a vision to make India one of the top 10 countries in 2028 Olympics.

Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance

CM Patnaik inaugurated the India’s largest Sports science centre in Bhubaneswar in partnership with Abhinav Bindra, India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist. This centre is well maintained and well established  with all-inclusive facilities designed to nurse the  athletes across various disciplines and is poised to become a hub for injury management, rehabilitation, recovery, and performance enhancement, providing comprehensively to the needs of sporting talent in the region while also being accessible to elite athletes of India. This sports science centre features specialised labs to ensure that athlete’s receive best and appropriate care and support tailored to their unique needs working with their potential and forwarding them towards excellence.

This centre has an impressive High Altitude training chamber, largest treadmill, various equipment and machine, recovery lab, biomechanics lab and other with a clean environment overall a pack of everything to individual’s needs. Overall the sports science centre provides a comfortable clean relaxed atmosphere for the athletic test and treatment.

Lecture series by Senior Sports scientist: 

A. “Doping in sports” by Dr. PSM Chandran

Doping refers to the use of banned substances in competitive sports.  Drugs are used by athletes to improve their athletic performance .Doping is one of the important criteria in sports  because these substances can have harmful and long-lasting side effects which may include the following:

  • Cardiovascular: irregular heart rhythm, elevated blood pressure, heart attack, sudden death
  • Central Nervous System: insomnia, anxiousness,  aggressive behaviour, suicide,  addiction with withdrawal, psychosis, tremor, dizziness, stroke
  • Hormonal: infertility, gynecomastia (enlarged breasts), decreased testicular size, low sex drive, acromegaly (coarse bones in face, hands, and feet), cancer

The second issue is more of a moral dilemma. These banned substances are used to gain an unfair advantage which significantly devalues the spirit of competition. As stated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the purpose of an anti-doping program is “to protect the athletes’ fundamental right to participate in doping-free sport and thus promote health, fairness and equality for athletes worldwide. Some drugs are banned both in and out of competition due to their performance enhancing properties, while others are only banned during competition.

Stimulants, anabolic steroids, peptide hormones (i.e. human growth hormone [hGH]), alcohol and beta blockers, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, anti-estrogens, blood doping, and gene manipulation. Protection acts the largest anti-doping organisation is WADA. WADA has developed a coordinated, worldwide anti-doping program that applies to sports that have signed a pledge to uphold the WADA Code. The WADA Code outlines their “anti-doping policies, rules, and regulations with sport organisations and among public authorities around the world”. Athletes who participate in sports that have signed the WADA code are subject to random in and out of competition testing. Testing may be performed on urine and/or blood samples depending on the substances being tested. In sports that follow the WADA Code, a single violation can result in a ban from sports competition of up to 2 years while a second violation may result in a lifetime ban. NADA (National Anti-doping agency ) located in New Delhi is also programmed to protect the athletes from using doping substances in sports and it is legally banned with strict rules for the benefits of athletes and providing equality among sports athletes.

B. “Prevention of sports injury” by Sri Sujit Kumar Swain

Physiotherapy is very important in sports because it helps us in preventing injuries and to help us to recover from injuries. Injury prevention Sports and exercise physiotherapists assess the risk of injury associated with participation in a specific sport or physical activity. They are equipped to inform and train athletes, coaches and other members of the multidisciplinary team in such a way that there is a reduction in occurrence and recurrence of specific injuries.

C. “Selection of Talent in Sports and Monitoring” by Dr. S. K. Dey

Talent identification plays an important role in sports mainly because everyone is not suitable for playing a particular game and by using some parameters, we can find which person will be  suitable to play a particular sport.

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Activity Coordinator(s)
Faculty/Staff Name Details
Swami Vidyapradananda (Primary Coordinator) Sports Science and Yoga – Belur Campus
Participant Information
RKMVERI Students 7 (Male: 7, Female: 0)

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