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'15000-seater Kalinga Stadium to be ready months before Hockey World Cup'

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Federation (FIH) on Thursday said that Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium, with an increased crowd capacity of 15,000, will be almost ready by July, months before it hosts the World Cup beginning on November 28.

Batra said the FIH is pleased with the work carried out by the in making ready for the quadrennial showpiece, to run from November 28 to December 16.

"Earlier, the main stadium had a capacity of 7,500. Before the World Cup, that crowd capacity will be doubled -- currently seating arrangements are being done," Batra told IANS on the sidelines of an event to announce Odisha's sponsorship association with the national men's and women's hockey teams.

"New turfs will be laid at both the grounds inside the stadium. And the work will be completed by July," he added.

The FIH has asked the to arrange accommodation for around 1000 players and officials from the participating countries.

Batra, the former Hockey (HI) thanked Odisha for its support.

In his capacity as (IOA President), he also requested to build a for all sporting disciplines.

Recalling that Odisha successfully hosted the Asian Athletics Championships, Batra said that Bhubaneswar is going to be the capital of

"The is showing great support. For this hockey World Cup, they have moved very quickly in finding solutions to different issues in terms of getting all the facilities in place at the right time," Batra said.

The FIH also clarified that will participate in "The process and protocol in terms of coming for the tournament in is same for every country," Batra said.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 16:44 IST