When India received the hockey bronze in Tokyo, many praised Odisha Leader Minister Naveen Patnaik, who used to be the goalkeeper of Doon College hockey staff, for singularly supporting the Indian staff since 2018. When Sahara subsidized out from sponsoring the nationwide males’s and girls’s hockey groups, it used to be the Odisha govt led through Patnaik that determined to sponsor each for the following 5 years. At the moment, many expressed marvel over this transfer. Patnaik had then mentioned, “Funding in sports activities is an funding in adolescence. Funding in adolescence is an funding sooner or later.” This commentary has change into a campaigning slogan for the improvement of sports activities within the state.
The slogan sticks out of the huge hoarding with an image of the manager minister on the primary gate of the Kalinga Stadium right here.
The manager minister used to be a hockey participant all through his faculty days. He used to be the goalkeeper of the Doon College staff. He didn’t forestall simplest with sponsoring the Indian hockey groups. He adopted up the motion through taking steps to advertise hockey within the state.
The Patnaik govt has advanced a world-class hockey stadium in Bhubaneswar and effectively hosted a number of nationwide and global tournaments, such because the Champions Trophy (2014), Hockey Global League (2017) and Odisha Males’s Hockey Global Cup (2018).
In 2019, in popularity of his govt’s contributions to the game, the World Hockey Federation (FIH) offered the celebrated FIH President’s Award to the manager minister.
On Would possibly 29 this 12 months, at the instance of the crowning glory of the second one 12 months of his govt’s 5th time period, Patnaik mentioned, “We proceed to concentrate on sports activities construction within the state. Sports activities construction tasks price greater than Rs 1,000 crore had been taken up, together with the improvement of India’s biggest hockey stadium in Rourkela.”
In keeping with a central authority supply, the state will make investments greater than Rs 350 crore at the construction of the Birsa Munda World Hockey Stadium and apply pitch in Rourkela, and the growth of the Kalinga Stadium. Those two stadiums will host the following version of the Males’s Hockey Global Cup in 2023.
With the uncooked ability to be had within the tribal belt, particularly Sundergarh, hockey gamers reminiscent of the previous captain, Dillip Tirkey, have been necessarily the torchbearers of the game within the state.
To popularise hockey in Sundergarh, the state govt has determined to arrange 17 coaching centres within the district at a value of Rs 150 crore. Those coaching centres can have artificial hockey fields (sand dressed) and an administrative /converting room construction, the supply mentioned.
The State has additionally determined to expand sports activities infrastructure together with indoor stadiums in several city native our bodies around the State with an funding of Rs 462 crore.
With a lot of these projects in position, the state used to be ready to ship 4 gamers — Amit Rohidas, Birendra Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka and Namita Toppo — to constitute India on the Tokyo Olympics in each males’s and girls’s hockey.
After profitable the bronze in Tokyo on Thursday, the Indian males’s hockey staff captain Manpreet Singh thanked the manager minister for his fortify. “I additionally wish to thank Sri @Naveen_Odisha Ji for his consistent fortify to Indian hockey!,” Singh tweeted.