Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
At a special function at Kalinga Stadium, the Chief Minister said the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup matches will be played both in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in the State. Odisha is going host it for the second time in a row.
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.
The Chief Minister proposed to the Hockey federation to host the matches both in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
The Chief Minister also 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.
Sports and Youth Services Minister Tusarkanti Behera, FIH President Dr Narendra Batra and others were present.