Bhubaneshwar to host Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023

Odisha to host Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023

Bhubaneswar: Odisha will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup-2023, announced Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here on Wednesday.

Bhubaneswar will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time.

Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar had hosted the 14th edition of the Men’s Hockey World Cup in 2018.

The matches of Men’s Hockey World Cup-2023 will be played at two venues-Kalinga Stadium and Rourkela.

FIH president Narinder Batra said that Odisha is the sports capital of India.

After successfully hosting the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018, India has won the bid to host the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup.

Hockey India selected Odisha as the venue and to partner with Odisha Government to host the 2023  Men’s Hockey World Cup.

It’s a rare honour for any country to a host world cup; but here Odisha as a state is going host it for the second time in a row.

The Chief Minister proposed to the Hockey federation to host the matches both in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

Rourkela Panposh hostel is the nerve centre of Hockey in the country and as a tribute to the contribution of Sundergarh to Indian hockey, the Chief Minister proposed to host this prestigious event in the smart city Rourkela in Sundergarh.

 This will put Rourkela and Sundergarh in the global map of Hockey, and help support the recognition and development of this area.

The Chief Minister 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. 

FIH President Dr Narendra Batra, Sports Minister Shri Tusarkanti Behera and others were present.

Along with the 2018 edition of the Men’s World Cup, India has also hosted some of the biggest hockey events in recent times including the FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017, FIH Men’s Series Finals in 2019 and the recently concluded FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha.