Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the state will host the Junior Men’s World Cup Hockey at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from November 24 to December 5 and the event will see 16 countries taking part—India, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Africa, Egypt, Belgium, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United States, Canada, Chile and Argentina.
According to the official reports, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik recently launched the logo of the junior world cup event and unveiled the trophy at the Convention Centre in Lok Seva Bhawan in Bhubaneswar. He also wished the Indian team for the upcoming world cup and also expressed his hope that the reigning champions will take advantage of home ground and emerge victorious again.
He said: “Recently, Hockey India approached us to support them for the Men’s Junior World Cup which is to be held in two months’ time. It’s short notice for making arrangements for such an event, especially during the pandemic period. Since the nation’s prestige is at stake, we have readily agreed to support it. Hockey players from our state led the country in many international tournaments.”
He further added “We have sponsored the national teams since 2018. We have been the host for major tournaments including the Hockey World Cup. All these efforts have led to the historic success of the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams at the recent Tokyo Olympics.”
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