Courtesy of hosts Hockey India
Honourable Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik expressed his satisfaction on the expedited pace of work at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium ahead of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.
The Chief Minister was joined by Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Infrastructure Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO) Sanjay Kumar Singh and officials from Sports & Youth Services Department (DSYS) during his inspection of the Kalinga Hockey Stadium.
The Chief Minister said: "I am very happy to see the work at the Kalinga hockey stadium being done on time. The seating capacity has now been increased to 15,000 which will give an opportunity to more fans to come over and watch the world cup."
Vishal K. Dev, Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Government, Department of Sports & Youth Services, Government of Odisha noted that the Kalinga Hockey Stadium was well-prepared for hosting the state's marquee tournament.
He said: "We are quite happy and satisfied with how the infrastructural work is shaping up at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium. Apart the new turf being laid at the hockey ground, we have upgraded the flood lights of both the practice and main pitch. We are further giving the entire stadium a face lift by widening the roads, installing a new gate and permanent CCTV cameras from safety point of view. Our aim is to permeate the image of Odisha globally through the Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.
"We also have a number of campaigns lined up which will begin from next month to create a buzz about the world cup nationwide. We shall also publicise about the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 at the Hockey Women's World Cup in London which starts next month."
The Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 is the 14th edition of the prestigious field hockey World Cup tournament and will take place from 28 November 2018 to 16 December 2018 at the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium in the city of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the host nation Hockey India (HI) will be responsible for the organising of the biggest competition in Men’s Hockey. A total of 16 countries will be participating in the tournament, namely hosts India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, England, Spain, Pakistan, New Zealand, France, China, South Africa, Malaysia, Canada and Ireland.
A total of 36 matches will be played during the 19-day event and fans will be able to buy their tickets online at http://in.ticketgenie.in/buytickets/hockey-world-cup-2018