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Odisha Govt to sponsor Indian hockey team

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

In a first-of-its-kind association, Indian today got a new sponsor in of Odisha, which has decided to support the game for the next five years.

The announcement was made by Chief Minister during a grand function here today, which was also attended by both the Indian men's and women's team players, Federation (FIH) and Narinder Batra, among other dignitaries.

During the function, government also unveiled its logo that will don the new jerseys of both the teams.

Although it is not known how much money the state is going to pump into hockey, the association holds great significance for the development of the sport.

Commenting on the association, Chief Minister said: "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.

"No wonder Odisha has produced India's finest hockey talent. This is a first where a will not just be promoting a sport within its boundaries but will also support and nurture hockey. This is Odisha's gift to the nation."

Odisha is regarded as the cradle of hockey and has produced greats like Dilip Tirkey, and in the past.

The current Indian teams also has the likes of Birendra Lakra, Amit Rohidas, and to name a few.

Odisha has been supporting the game with various initiatives and also won the Kalinga Lancers in the Hockey League.

The Capital city of Odisha, Bhubaneswar has hosted international tournaments like and last year's Hockey World League Final.

Odisha is also the host and proud title sponsor of the FIH men's to be held later this year.

The newly designed logo on the Indian national hockey team jersey is a summation of Odisha -- the Konark Wheel, the state's famed coastline, endangered turtles, Odissi dance form and hockey.

Thanking the for its continuous support, FIH and Batra called Bhubaneswar as the capital of

He also requested the to built a state-of-the-art for elite athletes of the country.

"I would request the Govt of Odisha to come up with a for elite athletes. Like is the capital of India, the financial capital of the country, Bengaluru IT capital, for me Bhubaneswar is the capital of the country," Batra said.

Batra also informed that the opening ceremony of will be held a day before the start of the event. will be held from November 28 to December 16 this year.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 16:20 IST