Hockey India received the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) Best Host Award on Thursday for its outstanding performance at the FIH Odisha 2023 Bhubaneswar Men’s Hockey World Championship- Rourkela as the host country.
The award was received by Hockey India General Secretary Bhola Nath Singh during the AHF Games held in Mungyeong, South Korea.
The prestigious four-yearly event featuring 16 teams from around the world is held at two world-class venues in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
While the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar hosted the 2018 FIH Men’s Hockey Championship, the new Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela caught the eye of the hockey club as a stadium biggest hockey in the world. Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium also includes an Olympic-style Hockey Village, where teams participate, giving them the same experience as the Village competing in multi-sport events like the Olympics. Association or Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Press Release. In addition to perfectly organizing the action on the field of world standards and the best facilities for the athletes, the host country, with the unprecedented support of the Odisha government, organized There are many exciting events for fans including the star event – the opening ceremony was impressive with a Super Bollywood performance. featuring Ranveer Singh, Disha Patani and the internationally renowned K-Pop group Blackswan.
The tournament mascot Olly was introduced to Olly’s Land, a fan zone created within the two stadiums that became a major draw for the thousands of spectators who flocked to the stadiums. activities to watch top-level hockey and also showcase the Ridley olive sea turtle.
“We are humbled and grateful for this incredible recognition from the Asian Hockey Confederation. A World Cup at home is always special and for Hockey India, a priority for the team. We are to ensure that all participants, be it the participating team, officials or spectators have the most memorable experience,” said Dilip Tirkey, President of Indian Hockey.
“Our efforts would not have been possible without the continued support and vision of Minister Naveen Patnaik, all the stakeholders and many people who worked together to make this event a success. brilliant,” added Mr. Tirkey. Commenting on the award, Bhola Nath Singh, said it was a very proud moment for us.
“The success of the FIH Odisha 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela Men’s World Hockey League is proof of what we can all achieve by working with passion and precision. This award is testament to that. For the hard work of the Hockey India staff, who worked around the clock to make sure everything went smoothly, I express my gratitude to AHF for recognizing this effort.