KalingaTV News Network
Bhubaneswar: Two days before the Hockey World League finals, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled logo and mascot for the Hockey Men’s World Cup-2018 at Kalinga Stadium here on Wednesday. There are 364 days to go for the Hockey extravaganza. The India hockey team was present at the event.
Patnaik also launched the countdown timer for the international event scheduled to be held here from November 28 to December 16, 2018.
“I feel privileged to have unveiled the logo of Hockey World Cup. Few months back we had successfully hosted the Asian Athlectics Championships. Odisha is fast becoming a spotting destination,” the Chief Minister said.
As many as 16 countries including host India will participate in the 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup at Kalinga Stadium next year.
The Chief Minister also gave away cash awards worth Rs 76.75 lakh to 59 sports-persons from the state for their outstanding contributions in their respective sports. Hockey players Dipsan Tirkey, Amit Rohidas Sunita Lakra, Deep Grace Ekka, Namita Toppo and Rashmita Minz walked away with a cash prize of Rs 7.5 lakh each. Para athletes Jayanti Behera, Pramod Bhagat, Mohit Tandi also featured in the list.
Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera, Bhubaneswar MLAs, MP Prasanna Kumar Patasani, Sports Secretary Bishal Dev, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi were present among others.