The archery training programme at Vedanta Lanjigarh produces ten state champions.

by Soumayashree Mishra

Ten students from Vedanta Limited’s Lanjigarh archery training programme, India’s leading producer of metallurgical grade alumina, have won the 23rd State Archery Championship 2022 in Bolangir, Odisha. The competition drew 230 participants from across Odisha and was held in Khaprakhol, Bolangir. This included 19 Kalahandi athletes who were chosen at an intra-district championship held last month by Vedanta Lanjigarh in collaboration with the Kalahandi District Athletics Association (KDAA).

Ten of these 19 students, who were supported by Vedanta Lanjigarh’s archery programme, returned home as state champions, winning four gold, two silver, and four bronze medals. Three junior competitors, Sanjay Majhi, Mithun Naik, and Nithaniyal Mallick, have been chosen to compete in the 42nd NTPC Junior Nationals, which will be held in Panaji, Goa, from November 3rd to November 12th. The Odisha Archery Association has organised a three-week training programme for them in Cuttack.

Mr. GG Pal, Dy. CEO – Alumina Business, Vedanta Limited, congratulated the athletes, saying, “It is heartening for us to see students of our archery training programme achieve well-deserved recognition and success at state and national levels.” Their victories inspire us to tailor our community development programmes to regional needs in order to make them more effective.

“This is a historic moment for Kalahandi district,” said Mr. Jagamohan Pattanaik, President of the Odisha Olympic Association and General Secretary of the Kalahandi District Athletics Association. I’d like to congratulate all medalists and thank Vedanta for its efforts to promote grassroots sports culture.”

Mr. Sampurnananda Das, Secretary of the Odisha Archery Association, lauded the company’s efforts, saying, “This is a spectacular performance on the part of the Kalahandi district participants!

Vedanta Aluminium, a division of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, producing half of the country’s aluminium, or 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. It is a market leader in value-added aluminium products with critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium is ranked fourth in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2021 world rankings for the aluminium industry, reflecting its commitment to sustainable development. Since 2007, the company has operated a 2 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) capacity alumina refinery in Lanjigarh (Kalahandi district, Odisha) and a 75 MW captive power plant. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery, and power plants in India, the company is able to fulfil its mission of promoting emerging applications of aluminium as the “Metal of the Future” for a greener tomorrow.





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