Odisha Mining Corporation to be official partner of World Cup

The quadrennial event will be held later this year.

The Indian men's hockey team will be among 16 nations participating in the World Cup. Photo: Biswaranjan Rout

Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) will be the official partner for the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018, scheduled to be held from November 28 to December 16 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

OMC signed the agreement to come on board for the quadrennial event to continue its efforts of promoting development throughout the Odisha and to help promote the sport, according to a statement on Wednesday.

Reacting to the development, Hockey India (HI) CEO, Elena Norman said: “We are delighted to have OMC as an official partner for the prestigious Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018.”

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“The biggest gainers from their support is the sport of hockey itself, the hockey fans and more importantly the players who will be taking part in the tournament. I would like to thank the Government of Odisha and the OMC for coming forward to support the sport of hockey in the best way possible,” Norman added.

'Matter of great pride'

OMC Managing Director, R. Vineel Krishna said: “It is a matter of great pride for us and the Government of Odisha, to be able to support the sport of hockey, and the biggest tournament in the sport.”

“This partnership further highlights the unparalleled dedication of OMC towards encouraging sports, and helping in developing the state of Odisha,” Krishna added.

The Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 will be the 14th edition of the biggest tournament in Men’s Hockey. It will be the third time India hosts the event.

Sixteen nations will take part in the tournament which will see each team play three matches during the league stage over twelve days. Later, four cross-over matches will take place on December 10, 11. The knockout matches will take place on December 12, 13, 15 and 16.

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