Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of National Sports Day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday launched the ‘My heart beats for hockey’ campaign ahead of Men’s Hockey World Cup at Kalinga stadium here.
The Chief Minister also unveiled the countdown clock for the Hockey World Cup 2018.
“The countdown for the mega event of Men’s Hockey World Cup begins today. I appeal to the people across the country to join the campaign and spread the passion and love for hockey,” said Patnaik.
He said the countdown clock is here to showcase 90 days to go for the Hockey World Cup-2018.
It will rhyme with the heart of India and the rhythm of Odisha in the run-up to the mega sports event,” he added.
He said the campaign aims at spreading the passion and love for the game of Hockey in the lead up to the Hockey World Cup which is to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 28 to December 16.
He said the state government is taking all the steps to organize it in a befitting manner and ensure that it’s a grand success.
“Hockey has a prominent place in the sports history of Odisha. Odisha has produced brilliant Hockey players who have brought laurels for the country at the international sports arena,” said the Chief Minister.