It will be great to play Rourkela, says Indian hockey player Amit Rohidas | Hockey News

NEW DELHI: The countdown has begun for world hockey’s most prestigious quadrennial event which will see 16 top teams take center stage in Odisha, which has become a favorite hub for world hockey events.
With 250 days to go until the FIH Odisha 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup, Bhubaneswar – Rourkela, to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from 13-29 January 2023, the anticipation and excitement among hockey fans and players is palpable.
Reflecting the emotions of the people of Odisha, Amit Rohidas said: “The people of Odisha, especially those who live in Rourkela, are extremely excited that an event as important as the World Cup is taking place in their city. The excitement of hockey in this region is unparalleled, and with the country’s largest stadium developed for hockey here, people are counting down the days to experience a world-class event. For us, the players, it will be great to play in Rourkela and experience this passion for hockey.
Speaking about the team’s preparations, Rohidas said, “We are back in SAI, Bengaluru, the atmosphere here is great with six hockey teams currently based in the same centre. With COVID-19 continuing to disrupt the schedule hockey international, we take each day as it comes and I don’t want to worry about things that are out of our control. Our preparations are going smoothly with focus on improving areas that we believe need to be improved. be improved after FIH Pro League home games”
Odisha is gearing up with world-class infrastructure:
Having produced several international hockey stars, Sundergarh has been the sport’s hockey hotbed in the country. Along with Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, which had hosted the 2018 Men’s World Cup, Rourkela Stadium will be the second venue for the 2023 edition of the FIH Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 to be held from 13 to 29 January 2023 . .
“The Rourkela Stadium will be a premier stadium for hockey globally, with the Odisha State Government making great efforts to complete the works in time for the World Cup in January next year. At Kalinga Hockey Stadium too there is Modernization works are in full swing Hockey India officials regularly visit the site to give feedback We are very grateful to Odisha for their efforts in creating a facility class for hockey, despite the ongoing battle with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gyanendro Ningombam, Chairman of Hockey India.

Catherine J. Martinez