New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday conveyed his best wishes to the Men’s Hockey Team for the upcoming Odisha Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar, during the 49th episode of his monthly radio address to the nation ‘Mann ki baat’.
The Hockey World Cup will commence at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from November 28 and conclude on December 16.
The PM said it is a good chance for the sport lovers to witness closely contested matches. “Go to Bhubaneswar and cheer up the Indian team and also encourage each team there,” he added.
“I convey my best wishes to our Men’s Hockey Team for this tournament and assure them that 125 crore Indians are supporting them. I also convey my wishes to all the teams from around the world coming to participate in the tournament,” Modi said.
The PM further said Odisha has a dignified historical background and has a very rich cultural tradition. People of the state are full of warmth. This is a chance for the sports lovers to see Odisha. They can visit the world famous holy places like the Sun Temple of Konark, Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri and Chilka Lake along with enjoying the games there.
The PM said each Indian who plays any game or has interest in any game has a definite interest in Hockey. India has a golden history in Hockey. India has won gold medals in various tournaments and has been the World Champion once. India has produced many great hockey players.
“Whenever there will be reference to Hockey, the story will remain incomplete without a mention of these legends. Hockey maestro Major Dhyan Chand is a renowned name all over the world. Then, from Balbeer Singh Senior, Leslie Claudius, Mohammad Shahid, Udham Singh to Dhan Raj Pillai, Indian Hockey has had a very long journey,” the PM added.