Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday announced the construction of a “world-class hockey stadium” in the state, while honouring players of the women”s hockey team that took part in the Tokyo Olympics.
During his address at the function here, Chouhan told his cabinet colleague and Minister for Sports Yashodhara Raje Scindia to take a decision about the construction of a world-class hockey stadium either in Bhopal or Gwalior.
“Yashodharaji, take a decision about whatever you want for the betterment of hockey. Take a decision about construction of a stadium in Bhopal or Gwalior. We will construct a world-class hockey stadium in the state,” Chouhan said.
Pointing out that Bhopal is called the nursery of hockey and has given several players to the country, Chouhan assured all possible help to encourage sports in the state.
The members of the women’s hockey team that took part in the recent Tokyo Olympics presented a framed T-shirt carrying their signatures to the CM.
The chief minister handed over cheques of Rs 31 lakh each to the players of the women’s hockey team along with mementos and citations. Earlier, he hosted a lunch for the team at his residence.
The Centre has in principle agreed to hold Khelo India games for 2022 in Madhya Pradesh, he said at the event.
Office-bearers of the Indian Olympic Association and Hockey India were also present on the occasion.