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Pakistan to participate in Odisha tourney

Pakistan to participate in Odisha tourney

The current vice-captain of the men's hockey team, Dipsan Tirkey, also hails from Odisha.

The Odisha government will sponser Indian Hockey teams- both men and women, for the next five years.

"It is a historic step for us to support and sponsor Indian Hockey Teams- Men and Women for the next 5 years". Hockey in Odisha is more than a sport. "We hope that Odisha's association with national hockey coincides with a golden period for the sport", he said.Batra chose the occasion to describe Bhubaneswar as the Sports Capital of India, like Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru are termed Political, Financial and IT capitals of the country.

"No wonder Odisha has produced India's finest hockey talent".

In its maiden attempt to support hockey at the national level, Odisha government has chose to be the sponsor of Indian hockey teams, both men and women.

Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha, said hockey is an integral part of the state.Representative image only.

This association will also help Odisha in establishing itself as an global sporting destination.

The worship of the sport extends to the common man where hockey tournaments are commonplace in the smallest villages, and stadiums brimming come rain or shine.

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Odisha has been supporting the game with various initiatives; it owns the the Kalinga Lancers in the Hockey India League.

It is a welcome return to World Cup action for Pakistan, following their failure to qualify for the hockey World Cup 2014 in The Hague, Netherlands.

"We are confident that this association will be a boon to further develop hockey in India and bring more glory to the country", she said.

The 2018 World Cup, which will be played in Bhubaneshwar, will start on November 28 to December 16, and India will be looking forward to deliver a spectacular performance in their homeland.

The newly designed logo on the Indian national hockey team jersey is a summation of Odisha. The sponsor's logo features the Konark wheel, famed coastline of the state, the endangered olive ridley turtles, Odissi dance and hockey.

The State Government had invited Leader of the Opposition Narasingh Mishra and a host of elected representatives and dignitaries to the function.

The teams will be put through rigorous training camps ahead of this year's Asia Cup (for both men and women), World League (for both men and women) followed by Commonwealth Games and Senior Men and Women World Cup's in 2018.


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