Bhubaneswar: Odisha is set to host Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2018 and the Hockey World League final next year at Kalinga Stadium here.
“The state is poised to host the Hockey World League final next year and the prestigious Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2018,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday.
Bhubaneswar had successfully hosted the prestigious Eight-Nation Champions Trophy Men’s Hockey Tournament in 2014.
Attending the FIDE Junior World Chess Championship organized at KIIT, the Chief Minister said the boys and girls of Odisha were showing excellent performance in various national and international events in recent years.
The state has already been placed on the international sporting map. The state government assigns high importance for the promotion of sports and development of sports infrastructure, said Patnaik.
He pointed out that the government has made a number of policy interventions to encourage sportspersons to excel in national and international sporting events.