The members of the hockey fraternity from completely different states of India got here collectively for the National Hockey Conclave, held on the Eco-Retreat at Konark, Odisha on Tuesday.
The occasion was organized on the event of Odisha state internet hosting the much-awaited 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup, which can kick off on January thirteenth in Bhubaneshwar.
The National Hockey Conclave was attended by Dilip Tirkey, President of Hockey India; Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera; Bhola Nath Singh, Secretary General; Shrawon Kumar, Minister of Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs (Bihar); former hockey legends with the likes of Zafar Iqbal, RP Singh, veteran coach Ajay Kumar Bansal, AB Subbaiah together with President and Secretaries of greater than 15 Hockey State Associations.
The dignitaries and different officers had been welcomed by the officers of the Sports Department and Puri District Administration. The Eco Retreat, a glamping pageant at Ramchandi seaside, offered a singular expertise to the delegates.
At the partaking conclave, deliberation was held on varied methods state associations might help one another in selling the game.
Several matters just like the rising Indian Hockey ecosystem, particularly, the holistic growth of Indian Hockey, together with participant efficiency, the significance of teaching, grassroots expertise identification and varied schemes, administration in addition to staying abreast of international rising traits, alternatives and challenges had been mentioned, a launch mentioned.
Former hockey gamers talked about their expertise and their favorite reminiscences from their enjoying careers. They additionally make clear how the group take the sport to even larger heights.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik welcomed the delegates via a video message.
“India is hosting the Hockey Men’s World Cup for the second consecutive time and like us in Odisha, I am sure, each one of you feels immensely proud to be a part of this prestigious tournament. The emotional connection that each one has for Hockey and the World Cup reflects in your participation in this National Hockey Conclave,” he mentioned.
“Today, our National Teams are ranked amongst the perfect. The Bronze on the Tokyo Olympics has proved that the wonderful days of Hockey are again and all of us can unite in our efforts and initiatives to take Indian Hockey to international heights. This National Hockey Conclave and the Hockey World Cup are platforms to convey nice concepts collectively. I hope you might have a nice keep on the Conclave, be an element of our Hockey World Cup Celebrations and benefit from the matches in Rourkela, he added.
Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera, expressed his gratitude to Dilip Tirkey for spearheading the trigger of Indian Hockey and recommended the coordinated efforts of Hockey India and the state federations which have labored tirelessly in the previous couple of years.
“One of the key facets of the Conclave was player development from a young age. We discussed grassroots development so that we can nurture athletes from a young age and build a good temperament in them so they can perform nationally and internationally as well. I am looking forward to the upcoming World Cup. It would have not been possible without the leadership of Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik. The Birsa Munda Stadium is something we should all be proud of, and I’m sure all the fans will enjoy not only the game but also the wonderful culture of Odisha. This World Cup will leave an indelible mark on all,” acknowledged the Sports Minister.
Dilip Tirkey, President of Hockey India lauded the efforts to arrange this National Conclave.
“This is a great opportunity for us to come together, reflect on the progress we have made so far and to articulate the vision for the way forward. It is nice to see us all gather before the World Cup. All the progress we have made would not be possible without the support of the National Government, the Odisha Government and all the various member states,” mentioned Tirkey.
While the World Cup kicks off on January 13, the World cup celebrations are going to be held in Cuttack on January 11. An evening of leisure has been lined up with the famend Ranveer Singh, Pritam, and Disha Patani amongst others who will probably be performing on the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
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