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Odisha to sponsor Indian Hockey teams for next five years: Naveen Patnaik

New Delhi, February 15, 2018: Odisha Government will sponsor Indian Men’s and Women’s Hockey teams for next five years, announced Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in New Delhi on Thursday. 

The CM announced the first-of-its-kind association with Hockey India for the next five years

Patnaik also unveiled its logo that will don the new jerseys of Team India - Men's and Women - hockey teams. The new logo on the Indian jersey is a summation of Odisha. At its heart the Konark Wheel, a symbol of progress and empowerment, the land of the rising sun, the famed coastline that has for centuries been a trade route and even today welcomes the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, the Odissi dance form and of course hockey - which unites the entire state.

The event was graced by the Patnaik along with Team India: Men and Women, Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, FIH and President, IOA and legends of Indian Hockey including Dilip Tirkey, Dhanraj Pillay and Viren Rasquinha.

“We are delighted at this association with Indian hockey and we thank Hockey India to have given us this platform. Hockey in Odisha is more than a sport; it’s a way of life, especially in our tribal regions, where children learn to walk with hockey sticks,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik said, “No wonder, Odisha has produced India’s finest hockey talent. This is a first where a State Government will not just be promoting a sport within its boundaries but will support and nurture the Indian Hockey Teams. This is Odisha’s gift to the nation.”

Odisha is the title sponsor of first-of-its-kind franchise, Kalinga Lancers and was the host city of Hockey World League in November 2017. The State is also the proud title sponsor of the upcoming Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup in November 2018.

Speaking on the occasion, Mariamma Koshy, President, Hockey India said, “We are committed to building and ushering Indian Hockey into a new era, which begins with the team gearing up for the 2018 Hockey World Cup.”

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