25 December 2019
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s dream of making Odisha the sports capital of India was fulfilled in more than one way in the year 2019 where several sporting events were held with promises for more were made.
Cuttack hosts decider ODI between India-West Indies
Cricketing fans could not have asked for a better finishing game than what was unfolded at the Barabati Stadium as India clashed with West Indies. The series was tied at 1-1 and the hosts came out as a unit and outclassed the Carribeans in all departments. Cuttack welcomed cricket fanatics and the teams with a decked Barbati Stadium.
Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023
Odisha again bagged the rights to host the Hockey Men’s World Cup again in 2023. 023 World Cup matches will be played both in Bhubaneswar and in Rourkela. The Hockey Men’s World Cup 2019 was held in the Capital city and was a major success as Odisha has become the global centre of world hockey.
Hero Gold Cup Football Tournament
Bhubaneswar hosted the Hero Gold Cup, a unique 4-Nation competition, from February 9-15, 2019 at Kalinga Stadium. National teams of Myanmar, Iran and Nepal joined host India in the competition. Myanmar clinched the title, edging Nepal 3-1 in the final.
Odisha foray into ISL Football
Odisha entered the Indian Super League as Odisha FC. The club came into existence after an MoU was signed between Delhi Soccer Private Limited and the Government of Odisha. The logo of Odisha FC embodies the heritage and the culture of the state of Odisha and the vision and the ideology of its parent company, GMS.
Common Wealth Table Tennis Championship
Focus was on Cuttack as it hosted Common Wealth Table Tennis championship. The event witnessed the best players from Australia, Bangladesh, Cyprus, England, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Wales competing for coveted titles. Team India grabbed all the gold medals—seven to be precise.