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Odisha CM has announced that Kalinga Stadium will be hosting the International Hockey Federation Junior Men’s Hockey WorldCup

Bhubaneswar:23/9/21: Odisha CM Shri Naveen Patnaik has announced that Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar will be hosting the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Junior Men’s HockeyWorldCup from 24th November to 5th December 2021. CM also launched the Logo and unveiled the Trophy.
CM hoped that Indian team which is the reigning champion will take advantage of the home ground and emerge victorious again. CM said that Odisha is ready to host such a big event for the sake of the country’s prestige, despite short notice, especially during the COVID19 pandemic period.
CM said that Odisha has been closely working with Hockey India for the development of the game including sponsoring of national teams & hosting major tournaments. He added that all these efforts led to the historic success of the Indian national teams at Tokyo Olympics.

CM said that HockeyWorldCup in January 2023 will provide further momentum for the development of hockey & promised enduring support to the game. CM said that Odisha will continue to be a part of this journey of Indian Hockey and wished Hockey India and Indian Team all the best.The Chief Minister also launched the Logo of the Junior World Cup event and unveiled the Trophy.

This international event will feature 16 countries – India, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt, Belgium, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, USA, Canada, Chile, and Argentina.

Announcing this the CM also wished the Indian Team a scintillating performance for the upcoming World Cup. The CM said that in the last edition, the Indian Junior team had won the world cup. As the reigning champions, he said, he is sure that our team will take advantage of the home ground and emerge victorious again.

The Chief Minister said that the State is ready to host such a big event for the sake of the country’s prestige. He said, “Recently, Hockey India has approached us to support them for the Men’s Junior World Cup which is to be held in two months’ time. It’s short notice for making arrangements for such an event, especially during the pandemic period. Since the nation’s prestige is at stake, we have readily agreed to support.”

He further said that Hockey has a special place among sports in Odisha. Hockey Players from our state led the country in many international tournaments.

Describing Odisha’s engagement with Hockey India, he said that over the last decade, we have been working closely with Hockey India for the development of Hockey in the country. We have sponsored the National teams since 2018. We have been the host for major tournaments including the Hockey World Cup. All these efforts have led to the historic success of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams at the recent Tokyo Olympics.

He further said that these achievements brought great joy to people across the country. It was declared that the glory of Indian Hockey is back. There is a lot of excitement about the prospects of Indian hockey in the coming years. The Hockey World Cup in January 2023 will be a landmark event and provide further momentum for hockey development in the country.

Promising Odisha will enduring support to Indian Hockey, he said that we will continue to be a part of this journey of Indian hockey. We have already announced that we will support the Indian national teams for another 10 years. We are also building India’s largest hockey stadium in Rourkela. We are creating an astroturf-based grassroots training program in the state, he added.

In his welcome address, Minister for Sports Shri Tusharkanti Behera praised the visionary leadership of the Chief Minister for supporting sports in India. He said that Odisha is now a preferred destination in global hockey because of the State’s support of hockey.

FIH President Shri Narinder Batra said that Odisha has set a new benchmark for Hockey and showcased Odisha’s capability in organising global sports events. He added that the iconic Kalinga Stadium is now the World’s best stadium.

Padmashree Shri Dillip Tirkey, Chairman of Odisha Hockey Promotion Council offered the vote of thanks.

Among others, Chief Secretary Shri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Secretary General Hockey India Shri Rajendra Singh, Secretary to CM (5-T) Shri V.K. Pandian, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Sports Shri Vineel Krishna, and other dignitaries were present.

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