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FIH Narender satisfies with the infrastructure for World League
Sportslogon Team August 3rd 2017


Bhubaneswar : The preparatory meeting between Federation of International Hockey (FIH) president Narender Batra and State Sports and Youth Services Department officials were held at Kalinga Stadium conference hall here on Thursday, for hosting the Odisha Hockey World League Final League schedule to be held at Kalinga Stadium from December 1 to 10.

The Kalinga Stadium is always a favorite outing for many countries in the past. The department was hosted many hockey matches here. For World League it all set but for the World Cup in the year 2018 we need to increase the capacity of the stadium. In this matter the base work has been already started, said Sports and Youth Services secretary Visal Dev.

This is the same venue where the Champions Trophy Hockey was held in the year 2014 and Kalinga Stadium is the home ground for Kalinga Lancers in Hockey India League (HIL) matches. It is a perfect international venue to host World Hockey Final League 2017 in the month of December. Need not to do any changes to host the league, said FIH president Narender Batra.

The Hockey Champions Trophy is an international field hockey tournament held by the International Hockey Federation. Founded in 1978, it features the world's top-ranked hockey teams competing in a round robin format. The 2018 edition will be the last edition of the Champions Trophy and the tournament will be replaced by the Hockey Pro League (HPL) in 2019, added Batra.

For me Bhubaneswar is my second home, I never felt that I am away from my home town when I am here. Apart from international infrastructure here, great sports loving people are in the State which attracts the FIH to make it a permanent international venue. In coming year 2018, the World Cup Hockey will be held here, added Batra.

Sports and Youth Services director Vineel Krishna, Hockey India CEO Elena Norman and other officials were present in the preparatory meeting. .
This news was added and updated on : August 3rd 2017
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