Students from Vedanta Aluminium’s archery training program qualify for national Khel Mahotsav25th May 2023
- 2 students from Vedanta’s sports initiative to participate as part of the Odisha State team.
Lanjigarh, Kalahandi District, Odisha, 25th May, 2023: Students of archery training program by Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh, India’s premier producer of metallurgical grade alumina, have qualified for the upcoming Janjatiya Khel Mahotsav. The students – Sanjay Majhi and Bikram Majhi, will be participating in the national-level tournament, being organised by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Youth & Sports Department, Government of Odisha. Hailing from Lanjigarh Block in Kalahandi district, both the students have been training under Vedanta’s archery program for 2 years now and will be representing the State for the third time in a row.
Sports being integral to holistic development of the youth, Vedanta Aluminium is providing youngsters from local communities with the required infrastructure and training to pursue their passion. Parallelly, it is also building the ecosystem for increasing representation from rural communities in the national sporting arena. The company has been promoting grassroots sports in Kalahandi, with their archery training program producing several State and National champions over the years. In 2022, the students from the program participated in 75 State-level and 15 National-level competitions, bagging over 35 medals across various tournaments.
Speaking on Vedanta’s sports initiatives, Mr GG Pal, Dy. CEO – Alumina Business, Vedanta Limited, said, “Through our unwavering commitment to promoting grassroots sports, Vedanta Ltd., Lanjigarh has cultivated a legacy of producing champions in sports such as archery and karate. We believe that sports not only instil discipline and foster physical fitness but also nurtures invaluable qualities like perseverance, teamwork, and resilience. Harnessing the power of sports to uplift communities and empower individuals, we aim to support them in their journey to becoming future champions, both on and off the field.”
Appreciating Vedanta’s sports initiative, Mr. Jagmohan Patnaik, President – Odisha Olympics Association and General Secretary – Kalahandi District Athletic Association, said, “I would like to congratulate Sanjay Majhi and Bikram Majhi on behalf of Kalahandi District Athletics Association (KDAA), who will represent Odisha at the Janjatiya Khel Mahotsav. In the past few years, we have seen a splendid performance from the children trained under Vedanta’s archery training program, bagging medals both at the State and National level. This also shows the rich heritage of Kalahandi in sports. It is indeed a proud moment for all of us and I wish them all the luck. Further I also congratulate Vedanta for promoting grassroots sports in Kalahandi.”
Vedanta Lanjigarh runs several community development programs within the domain of sports, with the dual objective of holistic development of rural youth and increasing rural communities’ participation in the national sporting arena. At present, over 40 students are undergoing training in archery and 60 students in karate at the SSD High School, Lanjigarh, supported by Vedanta. The company has provided them with quality equipment, professional coaches, scheduled training programs, and supports them for participating in various competitions.
Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. 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.
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 have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, Golden Peacock Award for excellence in Corporate Governance 2022 and certified as a Great Place to Work 2022. 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 i.e., 2.27 million tonnes in FY22. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. 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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