The Odisha government on Wednesday said that the country’s largest hockey stadium, currently under construction at Rourkela in Sundargarh district of the state, will be completed by July next year. The 20,000-capacity Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, along with the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, will be the venues to host the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023. A day after announcing extension of the Odisha government’s sponsorship to Indian hockey teams for another 10 years, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sent senior officials to Rourkela to take stock of the stadium’s progress of work.
“The construction work of the Bisra Munda Hockey Stadium will be completed by June-July, 2022, Chief Secretary SC Mohapatra told reporters after reviewing the work. He said that the Biju Patnaik Indoor Stadium in Rourkela will be made operational soon. The CM’s office is keeping a close eye on the projects and also the rest of the developmental works, Mohapatra said.
The chief minister had laid the foundation stone of the Rs 120 crore stadium in February this year. Patnaik, while felicitating the members of the Indian Men’s and Women’s teams in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday, announced that the state government would continue its sponsorship for the national hockey teams for another 10 years. The state government has been the official sponsor of the Indian Hockey Teams since 2018. A senior officer of the sports department told .
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