Bhubaneawar, November 18: The State Council of Ministers chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday reviewed preparations for the ensuing Hockey Mens World Cup-2023 which will be hosted at Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29, 2023. Total 16 teams will be competing for prestigious trophy.
Apprising on the preparations for World Cup, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra informed Kalinga Hockey Stadium is fully operational and Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, Rourkela will be ready by November. Astro-turfs and flood lights completed at both venues.
Hockey Mens World Cup-2023 celebrations are being planned in five Municipal corporation cities. Bhubaneswar will host 24 matches while Rourkela will host 20 matches. For teams and officials, a 225-room accommodation facility is being constructed & is expected to be completed by end of November.
Mohapatra informed that there will be trophy tours of HWC2023 across India and most districts of Odisha. District-level festivals and events are planned for promotion of sports and cultural activities in which panchayats, schools and colleges will be also involved.
The Chief Minister appreciated the efforts of various depts involved in organising Hockey Men’s World Cup. He directed that all the activities should be completed within timelines and the agencies should work in close coordination to make World Cup a grand success and memorable for the teams and fans.