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Odisha government organizes events in 5 cities to celebrate FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup


oi-Pallavi Kumari


Published: Monday, November 21, 2022, 14:12 [IST]

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India’s sports capital Odisha is all set to host the FIH (International Hockey Federation) Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 once again. To make the tournament a memorable one, the Government of Odisha has organized several mega sports and cultural events across the state including the host cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela to give a pleasant experience to the hockey players, sports lovers and other guests during the World Cup.

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In 2018, the World Cup was organized at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium itself. However, Bhubaneswar will not be the only site for the next World Cup as the brand new Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela will share the hosting duties with Bhubaneswar.

The World Cup will be organized from 13 to 29 January. 16 teams will participate in this prestigious world tournament; 24 matches will be played in Bhubaneswar and 20 in Rourkela. A government official said that the work of laying astroturf and installation of floodlights at both Kalinga Stadium (Bhubaneswar) and Birsa Munda Stadium (Rourkela) has been completed.

The state government has decided to organize the festival in the cities of Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Cuttack, Sambalpur and Berhampur. Mega cultural and sports events will be organized in these five cities during this period. Along with this, the exhibition of Hockey World Cup trophy will be organized in all the districts of the state and will also be toured to different parts of the country. The official said that various programs would be organized at the district level with the participation of school and college students to promote hockey.

The host cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela are being given a complete facelift. The two municipal corporations have undertaken several beautification projects such as renovation of roads, tree plantation, painting and art on roadside walls, illumination of all major buildings and intersections, cleanliness drives, removal of hoardings, improvement of medians and barricading. Mo Bus services will be strengthened by adding more buses in Bhubaneswar during this period, while Mo Bus will be launched in Rourkela city of Odisha.

Mo bus services will be started in Steel City with the introduction of a fleet of 100 buses initially. The steel city Rourkela is hosting a sports carnival to celebrate the Hockey World Cup in January 2023. Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) commissioner Subhankar Mohapatra said that knock-out hockey, kho-kho, volleyball, football and kabaddi tournaments for both male and female players would be organized in the city from December 5 to December 23.

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The state government is also making all out efforts to start regular flight services from Rourkela airport. The government will hire charter flights to transport players and hockey officials between Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

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Odisha Govt Events In 5 Cities To Celebrate FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup

Story first published: Monday, November 21, 2022, 14:12 [IST]

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