Bhubaneswar, June 30 (LocalWire): Dutee Chand, a student of KIIT deemed to be University, will lead the Indian contingent at the 30th World University Games 2019, scheduled to kick-start in Napoli, Italy from 3 July.
She has also been named India’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony as the top achiever of the entire Indian contingent, informed Dr Achyuta Samanta, founder, KIIT & KISS at a press meet in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
Dutee, a double silver medallist at the 2018 Asian Games, is the only girl from Odisha representing India at the World University Games. ‘This is a matter of immense pride for the state and KIIT,’ he said.
Dr Gaganendu Dash, director, sports KIIT, has been appointed as deputy head of the delegation of the Indian Universities Team by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). Similarly, Rudrakesh Jena, Asst. director Sports KISS, will be the delegation official and Sanjay Garnaik, chief coach, athletics KIIT, will be the team leader of athletics (Men’s/Women’s) team.
The selection trial of athletics (M/W) and archery (M/W) teams were organised by KIIT deemed to be University from 2-5 April. Subsequently, coaching camp for both the groups was conducted at KIIT from 22-29 June which was attended by 51 players and 10 officials.
‘Besides quality education, KIIT & KISS have been according high importance to sports and games since their inception. The two institutions have created world-class sports infrastructure and have produced more than 5000 sportspersons in over 30 disciplines, who have participated at international, national and regional levels.
It is a rare achievement to produce so many sports talents from a single place. Our students have been representing Odisha and India regularly at international and national level sports meets, including Olympics, Asian and Commonwealth Games,’ Samanta informed.
Among others, Dr Gaganendu Dash, Sprinter and KIIT student Dutee Chand, shooter and KIIT student Shriyanka Sadangi, rugby girls of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Sumitra Nayak, Hupi Majhi, Rajani Sabar, Meerarani Hembram and Parbati Kisku were also present during the occasion.