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Odisha announces 5-year association to sponsor Hockey India

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The government will sponsor Indian teams - both men and women. On Thursday, it announced a first-of-its-kind association with for the next five years.

This is for the first time a state is sponsoring a national team.

also unveiled its logo that will don the new jerseys of Team - Men's and Women - hockey teams.

The new logo on the Indian jersey is a summation of

The launch was graced by Patnaik along with Team players, and as well as legends of Indian Hockey including Dilip Tirkey, and in

"We are delighted at this association with Indian hockey and we thank 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," Patnaik said.

"No wonder Odisha has produced India's finest hockey talent. This is a first time 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," he said.

Odisha has produced hockey greats like Dilip Tirkey, and Odisha players now in the team include Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, and

"We would like this association to help widen the net for hockey in India and to ensure that all Indians get behind the national sports," said the

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 We are delighted to associate with "



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 14:58 IST