Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurates the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar, where the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will be played.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “This is a momentous occasion for all of us in Odisha and we are proud to give India a world-class sporting complex in the form of Kalinga Stadium. We are excited and all set to host the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 next month at the Kalinga Stadium. I am confident that it will be one of the many international levels sporting events that will be held in the state.”
Odisha government remodelled Kalinga stadium into an international sports complex providing facilities for all kinds of sports and games. Both practice and main pitches have been re-laid with new blue turf as per the FIH specification. The stadium capacity has also been increased from 7500 to 15000 adding two new galleries in the north and south ends of the stadium for the spectators.
An iconic match played by former Indian Men’s Hockey Stars & current Indian Men’s Hockey Team led by legends Dhanraj Pillay & Dilip Tirkey. Hockey legend Sandeep Singh was also present providing special match commentary.
Naveen inaugurates remodelled Kalinga StadiumThe match ended with team Dilip Tirkey edging out team Dhanraj Pillay with score line of 2-1.