The 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced on Wednesday.
Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium will host the game's showpiece tournament for the second consecutive time after previously conducting the event in 2018, which was won by Belgium.
The tournament will be held from January 13 to 29.
"We hosted the 2018 World Cup and I would like to announce that the 2023 Hockey World Cup will again be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela. Are you happy? I am happy," Patnaik said.
Hockey and #Odisha have always shared special bond. Delighted to announce that @TheHockeyIndia has chosen #Odisha as host for #OdishaHockeyWorldCup2023. I am sure millions of enthusiastic sports lovers in #Odisha will enjoy finest display of hockey in #Bhubaneswar & #Rourkela. pic.twitter.com/tTt0jQhGfF
- Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) November 27, 2019
Of late, Bhubaneswar has hosted some big international sporting events, including the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships, 2017 FIH Hockey World League Final, FIH Men's Series Finals in 2019 and the recently-concluded FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.
The state capital is also one of the venues for the 2020 FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup.