BHUBANESWAR: As the ultimate whistle of the India-Nice Britain Olympics match introduced the nation’s march into the semi-final of Olympics males’s hockey after 41 years, the jubilation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik couldn’t be missed.
Glued to the tv display for your complete match at Naveen Nivas, the Chief Minister rose to his toes, clapping in pleasure, and accompanying Indians in congratulating the staff for the stupendous feat.
Expressing happiness over the Indian staff’s victory, the Chief Minister mentioned that the nationwide staff has come out with flying colors within the quarter remaining. He expressed hope that the staff will sustain the momentum to win each the semis and the ultimate.
The nationwide hockey groups’ success – each women and men – holds immense significance for Odisha because the State has been on the forefront of selling the sport within the nation. Odisha authorities is the sponsor of each women and men nationwide hockey groups since 2018. The federal government has pledged Rs 150 crore for sponsoring the groups for 5 years.
Naveen has taken private curiosity in growth and promotion of the sport and below his management, the State authorities is placing a premium on hockey to assist India regain its dominance in international hockey, official sources mentioned.
Since 2014, when it organised the Champions Trophy, the State has come a great distance organising the Hockey World Cup in 2018 and turning into the hosts once more in 2023, when the match will probably be performed in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. The State has additionally hosted the World League, Professional-League and Olympic qualifiers, and so forth.
The State is establishing a brand new world class hockey stadium at Rourkela. This will probably be largest hockey stadium in India with a seating capability for 20,000 folks. The State authorities has made a provision of Rs 90 crore for the stadium.
“The continual help has ensured stability in efficiency of the Indian groups. Each the women and men’s staff have been excelling and the efficiency has been good within the Olympics to this point,” official sources mentioned.
The State immensely contributed in direction of Indian hockey staff – each women and men – with many gamers representing the nationwide squads. At current the vice captain in males’s staff Birendra Lakra and Deep Grace Ekka within the ladies’s are from Odisha.
Former India captain Dilip Tirkey additionally congratulated the Indian staff for its success.