Bhubaneswar is all set to host the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final at the Kalinga Stadium from 1st – 10th December 2017. The venue successfully hosted the 2014 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy. It is also home to the current Hockey India League champions, the Kalinga Lancers.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the global events will not only enthral hockey fans in the state but also help promote the sport among the younger generation.
“It brings me immense pride to announce that the Government of Odisha will be hosting the prestigious Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017 as well as the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. Over the years, Odisha has played host to several reputed international events and we are very happy to be hosting the hockey events in Bhubaneswar,” Patnaik said.
“I am delighted that the FIH and Hockey India have chosen us as hosts and I am sure all the teams, officials and fans heading to Bhubaneswar will have a thoroughly enjoyable experience in this city which is rich in its culture, heritage and has a unique history that will provide lasting memories. I am confident our officials with do everything in their capacity to make these mega events a big success.”
Top teams from eight countries including India, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain will participate in the Men’s Hockey World League, to be held in December 2017. Around 22 matches will be played during the tournament.
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