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Odisha is going to host the Hockey Men’s World Cup again in 2023

Bhubaneswar:28/11/19: Odisha is going to host the Hockey Men’s World Cup again in 2023.  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik made this announcement this evening at a special function at Kalinga Stadium. The CM said 2023 World Cup matches will be played both in Bhubaneswar and in Rourkela.

With this announcement, Odisha has become the global centre of world hockey, as Hockey fans will witness the finest display of hockey in the winter of 2023 both in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

It may be mentioned here that the competition to host Hockey Men’s World Cup was between Malaysia, Belgium and India. After a series of bidding rounds, India won the bid to host again the Hockey Men’s World Cup. Hockey India selected Odisha as the venue and to partner with Odisha Government to host the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup.

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It’s a rare honour for any country to a host world cup; but here Odisha as a state is going host it for the second time in a row. The Chief Minister proposed to the Hockey federation to host the matches both in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

Rourkela Panposh hostel is the nerve centre of Hockey in the country and as a tribute to the contribution of Sundergarh to Indian hockey, the CM proposed to host this prestigious event in the smart city Rourkela in Sundergarh.  This will put Rourkela and Sundergarh in the global map of Hockey, and help support the recognition and development of this area.

The Chief Minister laid the foundation stone for 17 astro-turf hockey stadiums (Training Centres) in Sundergarh. These will be completed in a year’s time. This kind of infrastructure is not there even in European hockey playing nations in the world.  He also laid the foundation stone for the hockey high performance centre building and launched the grassroots development programme in Sundergarh district by Hockey India.

The Chief Minister also released a documentary and a Coffee Table Book on Hockey World Cup 2018.  FIH President, Dr Narendra Batra, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Tusarkanti Behera and others were present.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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