Hockey Legend Balbir Singh Sr No More

  • During the London Olympics in 2012, Singh was honored in the Olympic Museum exhibition, “The Olympic Journey: The Story of the Games” held at the Royal Opera House. He was one of the 16 iconic Olympians chosen whose stories served as an example of the values of the Olympic Movement.
  • Balbir Singh is regarded as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, a modern-day Dhyan Chand. Dhyan Chand was often referred to as The Wizard or The Magician of hockey for his superb ball control.
  • There is a depiction of a hockey-like game in Ancient Greece, dating to c. 510 BC, when the game may have been called Kerētízein because it was played with a horn (kéras, in Ancient Greek) and a ball.

Hockey Fiesta Returns to Odisha, Set to Host the 2023 World Cup

Hockey India  on Wedneday named  Bhubaneswar and Rourkela as the venues for the 2023 FIH World Cup. The announcement was made by Chief Minister of Odisha  Naveen Patnaik at a  spectacular event  held at Bhubaneswar to mark the first anniversary of the  commencement of World Cup at Bhubaneswar in 2018.

Crux of the Matter
  • The chief minister of Odisha has announced  that all 17 blocks of Sundargarh district would be equipped with synthetic pitches to promote hockey.
  • Odisha  has always been the cradle of hockey. By successfully organising the 2018 World Cup, a very different side of the State was showcased, Patnaik said.
  • Odisha always had a very passionate crowd that supports the sport of hockey. With the presence of world-class, top-of-the-line facilities in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, the State will once again be celebrating the festival of hockey by hosting the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup in January 2023, the Chief Minister observed.

Narinder Batra, FIH President, has praised Odisha for “great and permanent support to hockey over the years”. “The precision with which the last World cup  was conducted, and the grandeur of the marquee event drew several accolades from the hockey fraternity worldwide. The unparalleled support by Government of Odisha towards the development of hockey, their vision to provide state-of-the-art infrastructure like none other in the world, and the government’s willingness to invest in the event were some of the key reasons to name the State as the venue for the prestigious event in 2023,” Batra said. Thierry Weil, CEO, FIH resonated Dr Batra’s views and stated: “We are glad to come back to Odisha where everyone, from the fans to the teams and the officials, had such a great experience a year ago.  More Info