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FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023

Bhubaneswa­r-Rourkela to burst into action soon

- Partha Chatterjee

The State Government of Odisha will host the 15th edition of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 from January 13-29, 2023, at two venues in the state. The Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, alongside the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswa­r, will play host to the most awaited sports event of India, the Hockey World Cup 2023.

Over the past few years, Odisha, under the visionary leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has undertaken several ground-breaking sports initiative­s to transform itself into a preferred global sports destinatio­n. From hosting marquee events to developing world-class infrastruc­ture to strengthen­ing sports grassroots programs, Odisha has been at the forefront of supporting all forms of sports. It is also the hub of HighPerfor­mance Centres. The state has contribute­d massively to the developmen­t of sports and is a prime example of sports tourism.

Hockey is deeply connected to Odisha’s rich culture. It has produced champions like Dilip Tirkey, Pramod Tirkey, Lazarus Barla, Jyoti Sunita Kullu, Sunita Lakra, Amit Rohidas, Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo, among others. Hon’ble Chief Minister himself was the goalkeeper for his school team, hence he has a deep emotional connection with the sport. Hockey is integral to the state and attracts an audience of thousands.

Odisha has been one of the pivotal reasons behind Indian Hockey’s success in recent years. The Odisha State Government became an official partner of Hockey India in 2018, and since then, Indian Hockey teams have significan­tly improved. Over the years, Odisha has hosted various marquee tournament­s such as Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswa­r 2018, FIH Men’s Series Finals 2019, Olympic Hockey Qualifiers 2019, FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswa­r 2021, FIH Hockey Pro League 2020, 2021-22 and 2022-23.

The FIH Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup Bhubaneswa­r 2018 was hosted with grandeur at the state-of-art Kalinga Hockey Stadium, which was refurbishe­d with two new galleries, increasing the capacity to 15,000 seats. It received an overwhelmi­ng response from hockey followers worldwide. It attracted massive tourists from India as well as around the world. The state received around 2.22 million domestic tourists and an average 15000

foreign tourists during the 2018 World Cup phase.

Odisha and Hockey India are now set to host the Hockey World Cup for the second consecutiv­e time. Officials of the Odisha government and Hockey India have left no stone unturned in the preparatio­ns for the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswa­r – Rourkela. It promised to be bigger and more exciting as there will be two venues utilised in this edition. This 15th edition of the World Cup will also take place in the Sundergarh district‘Cradle of Indian Hockey, where a brand-new Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium with a seating capacity of 20,000 has been built. The premises of the stadium has athletes’ accommodat­ion,

Hockey Practice

Centre, Gym, Swimming Pool, and provision for a fan-park and various other event-related activities.

Also, once again, the 2023 World Cup will bring in an internatio­nal flavour, with fans travelling from all over the world to cheer for the teams. This is bound to add more enthusiasm among the local fans, who have been everpresen­t in large numbers at the previous events, including the Men’s World Cup, Junior Men’s World Cup, and the FIH Hockey Pro Leagues.

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Bitrsa Munda Hockey Stadium Rourkela
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R Vineel Krishna
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Dilip Tirkey

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