Odisha govt. signs MoU with AIFF to host national camps, become home of Indian Arrows

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed Monday at the Kalinga Stadium in the presence of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik.

Indian Arrows, the AIFF development team, will play its home matches at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.   -  M. Periasamy

Odisha will host national team camps while also becoming the home of the I-League team Indian Arrows, according to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the All India Football Federation and the state government.

The AIFF and the state government signed the MoU on Monday at the Kalinga Stadium complex here in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

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“As per the MoU, the Government of Odisha will act as the host of the AIFF national team camps as well as of the home of Indian Arrows. The training and connected infrastructure like gymnasiums, swimming pool, etc, will be housed at the Kalinga Stadium Complex,” the AIFF said in a statement.

“I need to thank the Odisha Government and Shri Naveen Patnaik-ji for wholeheartedly supporting Indian Football as part of their overall support for development of sports. It is a very encouraging sign that more and more State Governments are coming up to support Indian Football,” AIFF President Praful Patel said.

The Indian U-15 national team as well as the AIFF’s development side Indian Arrows, consisting of a bulk of Indian U-17 World Cup players, have been utilising the infrastructure here.