CM Naveen’s Vision Has Drove Indian Hockey Back To The Elite Level: Narinder Dhruv Batra

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is now the home of Indian hockey, courtesy the vision of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who stepped up and made crucial contribution to the sport by not only sponsoring the teams but also providing the infrastructure and platform to become capable of winning medals at the Olympics, said Narinder Dhruv Batra, President of Indian Olympics Association and International Hockey Federation (FIH) President.

On the occasion of felicitation of National Hockey Teams at Bhubaneswar, Batra said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chief Minister and the people of Odisha for showing their love and affection for the sport of hockey and helping our teams achieve the Olympic dream for India. With your continued support, Indian Hockey will look to build on the achievements from the Tokyo Olympics, and continue this steady rise to take Indian hockey back to the elite level where it belongs.”

“It is a very proud moment for Indian hockey that both the Men’s and Women’s teams created history at the Tokyo Olympics. This success holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Odisha and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has been at the forefront in supporting hockey in the last few years,” he added.

The iconic Kalinga Stadium, which has hosted major tournaments like the Hockey Men’s World Cup, FIH Men’s Series Finals, Olympic Qualifiers in 2019 and the FIH Pro League in 2020, gave the Indian teams a great exposure before the stern test ahead of them in the Tokyo Olympics.

“We now look forward to the 2023 World Cup hosted in Bhubaneswar and in Rourkela, which will be constructed as the country’s biggest stadium,” Batra added. Apart from hockey, the Odisha State Government has been actively supporting other sports disciplines as well. We are extremely thankful for this support, as these are the steps required for India to become a global powerhouse in sports.”

“It is always a pleasure to be in the sports capital of India, Bhubaneswar,” Batra concluded.

Narinder Dhruv Batra, International Hockey Federation (FIH) President