Big announcement by Odisha government, to sponsor Indian hockey teams till 2036

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The Odisha government has announced the extension of its sponsorship for the men’s and women’s Indian hockey teams (senior and junior) for three more years. Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Mohan Mazi on Friday announced to increase the sponsorship of Indian Hockey keeping in mind ‘Vision Odisha 2036’. Odisha has been the official sponsor of both the men’s and women’s national hockey teams since 2018.

Odisha Chief Minister Mohan Charan Mohan Mazi also informed about the decision to extend Odisha’s sponsorship for Indian Hockey for the next three years. He said the decision was taken keeping in mind the celebration of the 100th year of the formation of the state and the possibility of Gujarat hosting the 2036 Olympics.

Chief Minister Mohan Charan Mohan Mazi said, “Odisha will complete 100 years of formation in 2036 and Gujarat is also likely to host Olympics this year. Odisha has played an important role in the development of hockey and with the expansion of sponsorship it could prove to be a game changer for the state in the field of sports.

The Hockey India team led by President Dilip Tirki and Secretary Bhola Nath Singh met Chief Minister Mohan Mazi on Friday and emphasized how hockey has given Odisha a new identity and carved a niche for itself in the sporting landscape.

Odisha has been the official sponsor of both the men’s and women’s national hockey teams since 2018. In April last year, the Naveen Patnaik government announced the extension of the sponsorship agreement of both the men’s and women’s national teams (senior and junior) for another 10 years (worth Rs 434.12 crore from 2023 to 2033).
The Odisha government has given a lot of encouragement to hockey. Odisha has hosted several tournaments including two FIH Hockey Men’s World Cups. The state government has also built the world’s largest hockey stadium in Rourkela with a seating capacity of 20,000 spectators.

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