On Kids Athletics Day, Vedanta Lanjigarh pledges to strengthen grassroots sporting culture

6th May 2022

  • 180 youngsters from local communities getting trained in Archery & Karate under full-time trainers

Lanjigarh, Kalahandi district, Odisha; 6th May, 2022: Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, pledges to strengthen grassroots sporting culture on Kids Athletics Day by supporting young athletes from local communities. Placing holistic development of communities at the core of its operational philosophy, Vedanta Lanjigarh runs several socio-economic developmental projects in the region. Presently, over 100 students are undergoing training in Archery and 80 students are undergoing training in Karate, at the DAV Vedanta International School and the SSD High School in Lanjigarh. They receive training from full-time coaches as per designated timetables.

Observed by the member bodies of World Athletics, the organization in charge of governing the field of athletics worldwide, the Kids Athletics Day seeks to globally reiterate the belief that every child enjoys the right to move and play, and it is therefore their fundamental right to have access to sport.

Vedanta’s sports trainings have brought plaudits for Lanjigarh’s youth, with many of them winning medals at the National and State-level. Till date, the Archery students have brought home 4 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 4 bronze medals from national and state level competitions. Two students, Simanchal Kadraka and Ratna Majhi, recently participated at the Archery Senior Nationals Competition held in Jammu and Kashmir. Students from the Karate coaching classes have also together won gold, silver, and bronze medals at the national level.

Speaking about the program, Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, said, “stainable development can only be successful if we empower our future generations with the tools needed to develop their innate potential. Every child must be given the opportunity to express themselves and build skills through sports and athletics. Our development initiatives seek to help budding athletes within our neighboring communities explore the wonderful world of sport and in the process show their peers that hard work and discipline can open new frontiers.”

Vedanta Aluminium Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest manufacturer of aluminium, producing half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. The company operates a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha), India since 2007 and an associated 90 MW captive power plant.  With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies company have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, ‘Company with Great Managers 2020’ by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta’s flagship Nand Ghar Project was identified as best CSR project by Government of Rajasthan. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium at 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. Vedanta is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class Aluminium Smelters, Alumina Refinery and Power Plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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For Further Information, Please Contact:

Ms. Sonal Choithani
Chief Communications Officer
Aluminium Business, Vedanta Ltd.
Sonal[dot]Choithani[at]vedanta[dot]co[dot]in
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