17-02-2018 02:00 AM | Anita Neve | My Indian Dream
The government of Odisha ensures that all Indians get behind the national sports
National Game Hockey for the first time is getting sponsored by a state. Odisha an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal known for its Sun temple, its second largest mangrove ecosystem, its Chilika Lake (Asia's largest brackish water lake), oldest surviving dance form Odissi and last but not the least Game Hockey which actually is more than sports for the tribes in Odisha. Where you find kids playing with hockey sticks, in fact, the children start to walk with the help of the hockey stick says Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik while announcing the sponsorship for national men and also women hockey team for coming five years.
For the launch, along with the Minister, world hockey's body FIH, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Dhruv Batra and the Indian players Dhanraj Pillay, Viren Rasquinha and Dilip Tirkey were also present there.