28 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Ex-captain of Indian hockey team Dilip Tirkey credited the enthusiasm of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the spectators for the State being selected as the destination to host 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup.
It is the support of the Chief Minister towards hockey and availability of world-class stadium with all facilities which led International Hockey Federation (FIH) to decide about organising next World Cup in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, said Tirkey.
Rarely World Cups are held twice at same venue in a country. It is because of the crowd of spectators which can't be seen in any other country, he added.
The 2023 World Cup matches to be played in Rourkela for the first time is going to create history. It will boost development of grassroots or rural players who were not able to see the last World Cup in Bhubaneswar.
Watching the live match of best players will increase their interest and craze towards the game leading to a promotion of hockey, said Tirkey.
As Chief Minister has laid foundation stone for 17 astro-turf hockey stadiums (Training Centres) in Sundergarh, it will also increase their enthusiasm and respect towards hockey which will improve their game, he added.
It is a matter of pride that Odisha is going to host another World Cup because of CM Naveen and is being recognized globally because of sports.