Bhubaneswar: With just two days to go for the Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup, almost all the participating teams have arrived in the city and are training rigorously at the Kalinga Stadium.
To ensure that all preparations for the event are on track, State’s Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera Sunday visited the Kalinga Stadium and reviewed the progress of work.
Officials of the Sports and Youth Services Department, Govt of Odisha and Hockey India briefed and updated him on the preparations.
Aspects related to Covid management, security, infrastructure, broadcasting and hospitality, were the high points of the review.
Expressing his satisfaction on the preparations, the Sports Minister said that all mandatory arrangements and protocols are in place.
“I am satisfied with the timely execution of work. Our efforts are towards a safe and successful conduct of the event and I am confident, once again, along with Hockey India, Odisha will prove to be a great host,” he said.
The infrastructure at Kalinga Hockey Stadium is an iconic and coveted stadium and all the teams have expressed their excitement to play here, Behera added.
The Minister said that players have settled down well while the turf and allied facilities of the stadium are match ready.
The visiting teams have commenced their training and practice matches, he added.
“It is good to see this atmosphere here” the Minister said.