Rourkela(SunstarTVBureau): Rourkela is all set to host the mega event, the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023.
International Hockey Federation (FIH) president and sports administrator, Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, Hockey India (HI) chief executive officer (CEO), Elena Norman, Sports and Youth Services Secretary Vishal Dev and IDCO MD officer Sanjay Singh reached Rourkela during the preparation, to assess infrastructure and logistic needs, on Thursday.
Hockey India team has inspected the Biju Patnaik hockey stadium of Rourkela, which is going to be the second venue for Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023.
A high-level team of Odisha Government comprising Sports Minister, Tusharkanti Behera, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and 5T Secretary V Karthikeya Pandian is expected to arrive here on Friday.
The Biju Patnaik hockey stadium would get an astro-turf practice ground, floodlights, up gradation of changing rooms for players and match officials and extra parking space while seating capacity is likely to be doubled from the existing 15,000. Enough vacant space is available for necessary expansion of the stadium.
After hosting the World Cup in 2018, Bhubaneswar would again hold the prestigious event scheduled from January 13 to 29 next year.