Odisha: Pass the Ball Trophy Tour reaches Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar


Bhubaneswar, July 16: As part of the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023’s ‘Pass The Ball Trophy Tour’ campaign, the legendary Hero Asian Championship trophy arrived at the Kalinga Stadium here on Sunday.

Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera, President Hockey India, Dilip Tirkey and Director of Sports, Odisha Siddhartha Das graced the event and unveiled the trophy.

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launched the “Pass the Ball Trophy Tour” campaign at the Hero Asian Champions 2023 highly anticipated trophy launch in Chennai. The goal of the campaign was to inspire young athletes from all around India to see and touch the trophy and one day dream to play for the national team.

The campaign has seen the trophy travel through several Indian cities, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Guwahati, and Patna, before arriving at the iconic Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneswar. Following this, the coveted trophy will be on its way, through Ranchi, Bangalore and Trivandrum before arriving in the host city of Chennai.

The Asian Champions Trophy is created by noted trophy designer Sanjay Sharma from a harmonious combination of brass, aluminium, and copper that has been delicately plated with nickel and gold. Each crystal on the crown, as well as its magnificent design, was crafted specifically for the coveted award, adding a one-of-a-kind touch to its majesty.

The tournament is scheduled from August 3 to August 12 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The competing teams are: India, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, China, and Malaysia who are travelling to Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to compete in this prestigious competition.

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