Bhubaneswar: 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be hosted by Odisha. All matches will be played in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. This was announced by the Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at Kalinga Stadium today evening.
This has once again proved that Odisha has truly
become the global cent re of world hockey. Hockey fans will witness the finest display of hockey in the winter of 2023 both in Bhubaneswar and in Rourkela.
It may be mentioned here that the competition to host Hockey Men’s Wor ld Cup was between Malaysia, Belgium and India. After a series of bidding rounds, India won the bid to host again the Hockey Men’s World Cup. Hockey India selected Odisha as the venue and to partner with Odisha Government to host the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup.
It’s a rare honour for any country to a host world cup; but here Odisha as a state is going host it for the second time in a row. The Chief Minister proposed to the Hockey federation to host the matches both in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
This will be the second consecutive time that India will be hosting the tournament and the fourth time overall. India had hosted the World Cup in 1982 and 2010 before 2018.