The country that hosts the quadrennial mega event historically does well in that edition.

Ahead of the upcoming FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the World Cup Village at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium Complex in Rourkela, today.

The World Cup Village has been developed within a record nine months and flaunts 225 rooms with all amenities befitting the stature of the tournament.  The World Cup Village will house the Teams and officials of the upcoming quadrennial mega event.  

Sports Minister, Odisha, Tusharkanti Behera, President Hockey India, Dilip Tirkey, Secretary (5T), V K Pandian, Secretary Sports, R. Vineel Krishna, MD IDCO, Bhupendra Singh Poonia, Secretary General, Hockey India Bholanath Singh and officials of the Odisha Government and Hockey India were present at the inauguration.

On this occasion, Chief Minister interacted with the National Men’s Hockey Team who are accommodated at the Village and announced an award of Rs 1 Cr for each player if Team India lifts the trophy. He wished them the very best and hoped they will emerge champions.

Players praised the Odisha Government and thanked Chief Minister Patnaik for developing a holistic ecosystem for Hockey for the players of the nation.

The World Cup Village along with the Hockey Practice Centre and the Birsa Munda Stadium will offer a holistic environment for the National and International players for the marque tournament.

Taj has been roped in by Hockey India to offer impeccable service and hospitality that reflects the culture of Odisha.

India are grouped with England, Spain and Wales in Pool D of the World Cup and will play at both the stadiums before the crossovers begin. The Men in Blue are favourites to top the pool and secure a direct qualification to the knockout stages of the tournament.

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