men’s hockey world cup 2023: COVID-19 ‘unlikely’ to cut Odisha’s infrastructure and hosting budget for 2023 Hockey World Cup | Hockey News

NEW DELHI: Besides placing human life in disarray, COVID-19 has come down as a hammer leaving severe cracks on the world financial system that might take years to restore. Amid that, hosts of future worldwide sports activities occasions could have to re-look at their budgets. However, Odisha is assured that it will not have to go that means as hosts of the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup.
For the second version in a row, FIH awarded India the hosting rights of the men’s World Cup. Hockey India thought of Odisha, hosts of the final version in 2018, as the most suitable choice among the many cities shortlisted to host the match. This time, although, Bhubanewar will co-host the occasion together with Rourkela.
The growth across the World Cup is predicted to run into crores, as a part of the Odisha authorities’s marquee Smart City programme. Both Bhubaneswar and Rourkela are a part of that. The state sports activities minister, Tusharkanti Behera, stated the budget is ‘unlikely’ to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As seen during the 2018 Hockey World Cup, hosting of the 2023 World Cup in Rourkela and Bhubaneswar will boost sports tourism in the region,” the minister stated whereas speaking to Timesofindia.com
“Investments have been planned around development and upgradation of supporting infrastructure to give a facelift to the city of Rourkela. As all these investments are essential towards the successful hosting of the World Cup, it is unlikely that the government will cut down on the infrastructure and hosting budget,” Behera said.
“The government will ensure all necessary expenditure will be undertaken to make the World Cup a glorious success.”
The authorities had moreover introduced High Performance Centres and laying of artificial hockey pitches in 17 districts of Sundergarh.
The plan was first revealed in 2018 and then reiterated in 2019.
“Locations for the pitches have now been identified. The pitches will be developed in a phased manner over the next few years,” Behera stated when requested in regards to the progress of the mission.
“Work has commenced for the Hockey Training Center in Bhawanipur Sports Complex, Sundergarh. Construction of field of play/relay of turf along with related infrastructure facilities like changing rooms for both male and female players, public toilets, office space, physio and coach rooms and seating galleries for close to 200 spectators is underway,” he stated.
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