Monday, January 30, 2023

Jamshedpur set to welcome Men’s Hockey World Cup trophy

Trophy to be on display at JRD Sports Complex today 

Jamshedpur, Dec 9: As India prepares to host the 15th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup, the prestigious trophy will be displayed at JRD Tata Sports Complex ground on 10th Dec from 11am to 6:30pm for public viewing. 

The 2023 edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup will be held in two of India’s Olympic-standard stadiums in Odisha – Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela between January 13 and 27, 2023.  The quadrennial hockey world cup will see the participation of 176 players from 16 countries and cheered on by millions of fans across the world.

The JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur has been selected as a venue to display the championship trophy in recognition of Tata Steel’s immense contribution to the field of sports in India, and hockey in particular. 

Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President (Corporate Services), Tata Steel, said, “It is a matter of great honour and pride for all of us in the Tata Steel family and the Tata Group to host the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup championship trophy at the JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur for public viewing. This is also a great opportunity for sports fans and public at large to know more about Tata Steel’s role in Indian sports in general and more specifically Indian hockey.  We are delighted to welcome all to be part of this momentous occasion.”

India has a glorious past in hockey and has won eight gold medals in the Olympics. The States of Jharkhand and Odisha have produced several talented hockey players who have excelled at the national and international levels. The Naval Tata Hockey Academy (NTHA) was established in 2017 to identify and train talent in the sport and bring back the glorious days of hockey to Jharkhand and India. Tata Steel and Tata Trusts, along with Floris Jan Bovelander (Director of `One Million Hockey Legs’) of Netherlands have joined hands to promote hockey in the State of Jharkhand. Currently, 20 hockey centres are operational in two districts of Jharkhand to promote hockey at the grassroots level.

Additionally, Tata Steel, along with Tata Trusts and the Government of Odisha, has set up another Hockey Academy at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. The Hockey High Performance Centre (NTHA, Odisha) is the apex hockey training institute in Odisha and is focused on identifying and grooming talent among hockey players for performances at the national and international levels.

Besides hockey, Tata Steel is also deeply invested in promoting other sports like football, archery and adventure sports including mountaineering.

The 15th edition of the hockey championship is divided into four pools, competing for the title with 44 matches that will be played with the final scheduled on January 29 at the Kalinga Stadium, where the 15th World Cup champions will be crowned.  The four pool winners (A-D) will advance to the quarter-finals while the teams finishing second and third in their pools will have to play crossover matches for the remaining four quarter-final spots in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar – Rourkela.


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