The Odisha government will sponsor the national men’s and women’s hockey teams for the next five years, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced Today.
“It is a historic step for us to support and sponsor Indian Hockey Teams- Men and Women for the next 5 years. This is Odisha’s gift to the nation said, Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik.
“No wonder Odisha has produced India’s finest hockey talent. This is a first where a state government will just not be promoting a sport within its boundaries but will also be supporting, nurturing and promoting Indian hockey. (Source)
In yet another first, Odisha had earlier become the first and only State to field its team in a franchisee-based National sport’s league. Odisha State was the franchise owners for the Kalinga Lancers.