Bhubaneswar: While football lovers of Odisha will not be able to witness State’s own football club Odisha FC in action at the 7th edition of country’s biggest football extravaganza – Indian Super League (ISL) 2020, Odisha’s most trusted and oldest jewellery brand Khimji has earned the pleasure of partnering the team.
This is the first mega sporting event amidst COVID-19 pandemic held at Goa from 20 Nov. The black and white jersey to be donned by the Odisha FC team will have Khimji’s logo visible on their arms with other sponsors. The mega event is played without spectators in the stand due to COVID 19 pandemic.
Speaking on the occasion Mitesh Khimji, Director of Khimji Jewellers and Khimji Group said, “We are very glad to be the official partner of Odisha FC, our State’s very own ISL team. Odisha FC’s last endeavour in its debut season was amazing, and we hope to see a more powerful footprint this season. Khimji Jewellers, as one of the oldest homegrown business group of the state since 1936, we feel the responsibility for such partnering and we look forward to be associated with more such ventures to encourage different talents and skills from the state.”
Odisha FC had its debut in season 2019-20 and finished with the sixth position in the league table. This year, Odisha FC with its strong team base is all set to level up the competition in ISL 2020-21season.
Speaking on the corporate participation in sports and its impact, State Panel Football Referee, FAO, Senior Panel Cricket Umpire (L1), OCA & Eminent Sports Columnist Nirmal Mishra, stated “Happy to hear one of the largest corporate houses of Odisha, Khimji, partnering in Odisha FC in its current stint in ISL. Khimji’s interest in Odisha FC symbolizes the corporate houses’ inclination towards new age sporting which on a larger scale will encourage more business entities into sports and future of sports in Odisha will definitely see much higher horizons.”