Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 preparations have already begun at Rourkela. Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, International Hockey Federation (FIH) president and sports administrator, Elena Norman- Hockey India (HI) chief executive officer (CEO), Vishal Dev- Sports and Youth Services Secretary and Sanjay Singh- IDCO MD officer have already inspected the process regarding the infrastructure and the logistic needs.
Even a separate HI Team has also inspected the Biju Patnaik Hockey Stadium of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), which will host the 2023 World Cup. Due to the outburst of the COVID-19, the stadium’s expansion for the match was delayed for many months. The top government and HI officials are expected to evaluate the city’s sports and additional infrastructure.
According to the reports, the Biju Patnaik hockey stadium would get an astroturf practice ground, floodlights, up-grading rooms for players and match officials, and extra parking space. At the same time, seating capacity is likely to be doubled from the existing 15,000. Even for further improvement, a joint team of HI and sports department insisted on getting on air connectivity, healthcare facility, at least 250 luxurious hotel rooms, high-quality stadium, practice ground, and improvement regarding the city’s outlook as prerequisites for hosting matches of the World Cup.
Even the restoration process of commercial flight and up-grading the Ispat General Hospital into a super-specialty hospital is expected to be done in a few months.
In 2018 Odisha hosted the World Cup, Bhubaneswar is all set to host the event from January 13 to 29 next year. While the State Capital would be the principal venue, Rourkela, for the first time, has been chosen as the second venue.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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