Because the Indian Girls’s hockey crew scripted historical past, coming into the semifinals of the Olympics for the primary time on Monday, many on social media platforms have begun to invoke the Odisha authorities. For the uninitiated, each the boys’s and ladies’s groups have entered the semifinals, inching more and more nearer to a medal after a spot of practically 50 years.
However what does Odisha must do with this? Properly, for one factor, the current Vice-Captain within the Indian males’s hockey crew, Birendra Lakra, and ladies’s crew, Deep Grace Ekka are from Odisha (as are a number of different high gamers). And for one more, the Odisha authorities has been the sponsor of the Indian Hockey crew, each women and men since 2018.
As per experiences from February 2018, Odisha authorities had taken over the sponsorship of the Indian Hockey groups for the subsequent 5 years. The identify of the state adorns the gamers jerseys, and reportedly the deal was estimated to be round Rs. 150 crore. With the precise figures unconfirmed, experiences had speculated that the quantity may very well be as much as three or 4 instances what Sahara (the earlier sponsor) had been paying.
Odisha, in partnership with Hockey India, has performed main hockey tournaments in Bhubaneswar together with the Males’s World Cup, World League, Professional-League, Olympic qualifiers and many others. And so, as India obtained it is “actual life Chak De India second”, many had been fast to level out Odisha and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik deserved a heartfelt thanks be aware.