Ice Hockey World Championship in Odisha: high-level meeting promises unforgettable event

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is leaving no stone unturned to set the global standard during the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup taking place in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela next January.

After successfully hosting the Men’s Ice Hockey World Cup four years ago, the state government wants to ensure that the marquee is even bigger and better than the 2018 edition.

A CMO-level meeting was held at Lok Seva Bhawan on Monday, attended by senior government officials – including Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra, Private Secretary to Chief Minister (5T) VK Pandian, Principal Secretary and heads of various departments. Other Cuttack and Rourkela administration officials joined via video conference.

Stressing the challenges of the 2023 event as it will be held in two cities simultaneously, the Secretary General added: “We are confident in ensuring a smooth, successful and memorable World Cup for players, officials, fans and spectators. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the top teams in the world. There are specific areas that require particular attention and we will regularly review developments.”

“Various government departments worked seamlessly and efficiently together to deliver an exceptional event that impacted our image around the world in 2018, and they were asked to do the same for this edition. In fact, we hope to surpass the latter by adding new aspects to attract more crowds, delight fans and positively impress visiting tourists as well,” added Mahapatra.

Pandiyan said it was very proud that Odisha had the opportunity to host the Men’s Ice Hockey World Championship for the second time, and at two different venues at that.

“It has never happened before and we should be very proud of it. Odisha has set the standard in hosting international events. The Honorable Chief Minister (Naveen Patnaik) has directed us to use this World Cup as an opportunity to showcase not only Odisha’s skills as a remarkable host, but also the arts, culture and heritage of the state,” said the Chief Minister’s private secretary ( 5T ) said.

He encouraged all department heads to come together and ensure players and fans have an unforgettable experience and return as brand ambassadors.

Presenting the upcoming roadmap, Vineel Krishna said that the construction of infrastructure and facilities in the co-host city of Rourkela is well underway and development is being closely monitored and will be ready in the coming months.

The district government has started upgrading and beautifying Rourkela, while in Bhubaneswar new pitches have already been laid and are ready to play at Kalinga Hockey Stadium.

Today’s meeting also discussed requirements, roles and responsibilities for various areas including security, fire safety, transport, connectivity, accommodation, tourism, information and technology, finance, public works for an overall smooth and successful hosting of the World Cup.

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