Bhubaneswar: Hockey India has congratulated Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for having been conferred with the prestigious FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey) President’s Award.
The award was given to appreciate the state’s effort in organizing and promoting hockey before the World Cup stated to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from November 28.
Hockey India congratulates the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha Shri @Naveen_Odisha on being bestowed with the prestigious President’s Award honoured by the @FIH_Hockey, the world governing body for hockey on 1st November 2018.
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 5, 2018
The Chief Minister was bestowed with the award during the recently concluded 46th FIH Congress in New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, President of Hockey India Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad said, “It is a befitting honour for a man who has been in the forefront of developing sports and hockey in specific in the region of Odisha. By coming forward to partner the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup Bhubaneswar-2018 as main sponsor, the Odisha Government led by Naveen Patnaik has ensured the marquee event will be played in front of a home crowd, and the passion Odisha prides over hockey will be seen world over.”