It will be great to play in Rourkela, says Indian ice hockey player Amit Rohidas | Ice Hockey News

NEW DELHI: The countdown has begun for the world’s most prestigious biannual ice hockey event, which will feature 16 top teams in Odisha, which has become a popular hub for global ice hockey events.
With 250 days to go before the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023, Bhubaneswar – Rourkela, scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13th to 29th, 2023, the anticipation and excitement among ice hockey fans and players are palpable.
Reflecting the emotions of the people of Odisha, Amit Rohidas said: “The people of Odisha, especially those living in Rourkela, are very excited that such a big event as the World Cup is taking place in their city. The enthusiasm for hockey in this region is second to none, and with the nation’s largest hockey stadium being developed there, people are counting down the days to witness a world-class event. It will be great for us players to play in Rourkela and experience this hockey madness.”
Commenting on the team’s preparations, Rohidas said, “We are back in SAI, Bengaluru, the atmosphere here is excellent as six hockey teams are currently based in the same center. As COVID-19 continues to disrupt the international hockey calendar, we’re taking each day as it comes and we don’t want to worry about things that are outside of our control. Our preparations are progressing smoothly, with our focus on improving the areas where we felt work was needed after the home games of the FIH Pro League.
Odisha is arming itself with first-class infrastructure:
Sundergarh has produced several international hockey stars and is the sport’s hockey nursery in the country. Alongside Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, which hosted the 2018 Men’s World Championship, Rourkela Stadium will be the second venue for the 2023 edition of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023, to be played from January 13-29, 2023 .
“The stadium at Rourkela will be a premier stadium for hockey in the world, with the Odisha State Government making great efforts to complete the works in time for the World Cup in January next year. Also at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium there “Upgrading works are well underway. Hockey India representatives regularly visit the site to provide their feedback. We are very grateful to Odisha for the efforts they are making to improve despite the ongoing struggle with hockey to create a world-class facility during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gyanendro Ningombam, President of Hockey India.

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