The International Hockey Federation and Government of Odisha officially confirmed that the Men’s Hockey World League Final 2017 and Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.
The Kalinga Stadium will host the two of hockey’s biggest events, where World League and World Cup champions will be crowned. The venue successfully hosted the 2014 Men’s Hockey Champions Trophy. It is also home to the current Hockey India League champions, the Kalinga Lancers.
The Men’s Hockey World League Final in 2017 will take place between December 1-10 and will welcome eight of the world’s best men’s teams who, in addition to the hosts, qualify from this summer’s Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
The Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will take place in late November/early December and will see 15 teams join hosts India at the event. They will qualify from the Hockey World League Semi-Finals and Continental Championships, also taking place this year, a release from the FIH said.
It was also confirmed that the state of Odisha will be title sponsor of both events. As a result, the official event titles will be the ‘Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017’ and the ‘Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018’.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the global events will not only enthral hockey fans in the state but also help promote the sport among the younger generation.
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