Scribes in Odisha observe World Sports Journalists Day

Cuttack: Odisha Sports Journalists Association (OSJA) observed World Sports Journalists Day at the OCA Club in Cuttack today. Senior marathon runner Bibekananda Tripathy graced the event as the Chief Guest while vice-president of Football Association of Odisha (FAO) Bhaktaballav Das was the chief speaker.

Speaking on the occasion, Tripathy said, “A sports journalist should always ensure development of the game and sportspersons. I am delighted that people covering sports in Odisha have always tried doing the same. They have always stood behind the sportspersons of Odisha.”

“The government should involve corporate houses for the development of sports at the grassroots level. Infrastructure should be given top priority so that our State can produce more number of sportspersons in future,” FAO vice-president Bhaktaballav Das said during the event.

Sports journalists working in various media organisations from all across Odisha participated in the event in which senior sports scribe Surya Rath was felicitated for his life-time dedication towards sports reporting in State.

Senior member of OSJA, Sambit Mohapatra who was recently re-elected as one of the executive members of the Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI) was also felicitated on the occasion.

“This is one of our annual events. I am happy that the guests present today shared their experience with the media. This is an occasion where people covering sports in Odisha meet and a day like this gives an opportunity to discuss and work towards the betterment of our profession,” said senior journalist, Sanatan Pani.