New Delhi: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today unveiled the Odisha’s logo that will don the new jerseys of Team India: Men’s and Women’s hockey teams at a function held in New Delhi.
Patnaik announced a first-of-its-kind association of the State government with Hockey India by being their title sponsors for the next five years.
Notably, this is a first where a state government will not just be promoting a sport within its boundaries but will support and nurture the Indian Hockey Teams.
Speaking on the occasion, Patnaik said, “We are delighted at this association with Indian hockey and we thank Hockey India to have given us this platform. Hockey in Odisha is more than a sport. It’s a way of life, especially in our tribal regions, where children learn to walk with hockey sticks.”
He further added, “We would like this association to help widen the net for Hockey in India and to ensure that all Indians get behind the national sport. We hope that Odisha’s association with national hockey coincides with a golden period for the sport.”
He also welcomed all for the Hockey World Cup which is scheduled to take place this year.“We extend a warm invite to everyone to see team India in action,” said Patnaik.
Reportedly, the newly designed logo on the Indian national hockey team jersey is a summation of Odisha. At its heart the Konark Wheel: a symbol of progress and empowerment, the land of the rising sun, the famed coastline that has for centuries been a trade route and even today welcomes the endangered Olive Ridley turtles, the Odissi dance form and of course hockey – which unites the entire state.