Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018 host England Hockey has welcomed a delegation from the hosts of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 between 2 and 4 August.
Hockey India and the Odisha State Government toured Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre during their three-day visit, where they experienced a number of key matches at this prestigous women's hockey competition which concludes on Sunday 5 August.
There was constructive knowledge sharing between Hockey India, along with the Odisha State Government and the host England Hockey. This will help the former in successful organisation of the men's event to be held in November and December in Bhubaneswar, India.
The knowledge sharing partnership saw England Hockey enlighten the visiting delegation with some essential secrets to the success of their World Cup event currently taking place in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
"England Hockey have served as great hosts to the quadrennial event, and they have set high standards which have certainly inspired us."
Elena Norman, CEO Hockey India
England Hockey, as host of the competition, have introduced some new ideas which means that by the end of this event over 120,000 fans will not only have witnessed the world class action on the field, they will also have experienced an action-packed entertainment programme.
The opportunity to visit London provided Hockey India with a number of ideas they will consider implementing at the men's showpiece event which takes place between 28 November and 16 December later this year.
Speaking about their visit, Hockey India CEO Elena Norman said: "Our three-day visit to the host of the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup London 2018 has seen us discover some unique ideas which will help us in conducting the men's competition successfully in India later this year. England Hockey have served as great hosts to the quadrennial event, and they have set high standards which have certainly inspired us. I would like to thank the hosts for providing us with the opportunity to visit and gain some valuable information and innovative ideas which we can implement during the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018."
With 16 of the world’s top men’s national hockey teams busy preparing for this pinnacle competition, the city of Bhubaneswar and especially the Kalinga Hockey Stadium is undergoing final renovations as part of extensive upgrades, which will include increasing the stadium capacity to 15,000 seats. That means more fans can watch their favourite teams live at this showcase event in Bhubaneswar, with tickets on sale .