Odisha announced on Tuesday that it will continue to sponsor the men’s and women’s hockey teams for another 10 years after the current sponsorship ends in 2023.
Congratulating the men’s and women’s hockey teams in Bhubaneswar after their stellar performance at the Tokyo Olympics, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “We, in Odisha, are delighted that our partnership with Hockey India has led to this great achievement for the country. I believe that Odisha and hockey are destined to become synonymous. We will continue our partnership with Hockey India. Odisha will support Indian hockey teams for another 10 years. ”
But the exact amount of sponsorship deals has yet to be revealed. 2018. Odisha signed a ₹A $ 100 million contract with Hockey India to sponsor men’s and women’s teams 5 years after Sahara India withdrew after getting embroiled in legal issues.
Patnaik, who rewarded ₹10 Lakh and each players and ₹At 5 lakh for the support staff, he said that every hockey player made the Indians proud of his fierce fight in Tokyo.
“These are deeply emotional moments for India to witness the revival of Indian hockey. For nearly four decades, hockey fans have longed to see India win a medal at the Olympics. As the whole country was glued to the screens to watch the games of hockey teams, it is quite evident that in hockey there is something more than just the sport itself. In these times of crisis, teams have brought smiles to the faces of millions of Indians. We should all be grateful to our boys and girls, ”he said. As a token of gratitude, each team presented Patnaik with a framed jersey with the players’ autographs.
Patnaik also awarded the ‘player with the maximum number of goals scored’ award to Harmanpreet Singh, while PR Sreejesh won the award for the player with the maximum number of goals scored. Nilakanta Sharma won the award for the maximum number of assists per goal, Rupinder Pal Singh won the award for the player with the maximum number of defensive interceptions, and Harmanpreet Singh and Amit Rohidas were awarded for the maximum number of assists in the midfield.
In the women’s team, the award for the maximum number of goals scored was won by Gurjit Kaur and Vandana Katariya. Savita Punia won the award for the maximum number of saved goals. Rani Rampal and Navneet Kaur together won the award for the maximum number of assists on goal. Deep Grace Ekka won for the maximum number of defensive attempts, and P Sushila Chan was awarded for the maximum interceptions in the midfield.
The captain of the women’s hockey team, Rani, said: “Tim and I are very happy to be here today because we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Odyssey Government for supporting our team. Our team always feels so welcome when we come here … Odisha now feels like home to Indian hockey. ”
The captain of the men’s team, Manpreet Singh, said he felt good about coming back here to Odisha. “This bronze medal may have been won by us as players, but in reality it belongs equally to India,” he said, praising CM for supporting hockey teams.