Around 100 youngsters from the city had a taste of various adventure sports at a two-day workshop-cum-exhibition organized by the National Adventure Foundation NAF, Odisha chapter, which concluded on Wednesday. Youths, who love to experience an adrenaline rush, took part in a series of exciting adventure sports like spider web, Burma bridge, rock climbing, zorbing ball and so on.
The objective of the workshop was to encourage youngsters to take up adventure sports. “A few years ago, people in Odisha were not aware of adventure sports, but now a large number of young enthusiasts have shown interest in the sports. We are also holding regular camps in schools and colleges to create awareness about it,” said Rabindra Bhuyan, director of NAF, Odisha chapter. Bhuyan added that there are several terrains in Odisha which are suitable for adventure sports like mountaineering, rafting, kayaking, parasailing and so on, but the state government has not made any effort to develop the sports. “Odisha can have water sports in Chilika Lake, paragliding and trekking in Lalitgiri, Kapilas, Similipal hill, river rafting in Mahanadi, Baitarani, and surfing in Chandrabhaga,” he added.
Deputy inspector general of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (Odisha) Sudhansu Sekhar Mishra, who was invited to the event as a special guest, said, “Exposure to adventure sports helps youngsters muster courage and be free from unnecessary fear and anxiety. It is very much required for the holistic development of a youth.”