Hockey India has secured a deal with Tata Steel, which sees the steelmaking company become an official partner of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for the Hockey Men’s World Cup.
Held next year in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in Odisha, the 2023 edition is the 15th championship and India’s fourth time hosting the tournament, with the first taking place in 1982 in Bombay.
Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey commented: “We are delighted to welcome Tata Steel into our family as an official partner for the Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023.
“They have made a tremendous contribution in promoting Indian hockey, elevating the sport to new heights, and making this World Cup even greater. We look forward to a fruitful association.”
Subsequently, the tournament was held in 2010 in Delhi, and 2018 in Odisha. 16 countries are expected to participate in the championship to be held next year.
“As a committed and long-term patron of sports in India, Tata Steel takes pride in being associated with the Hockey Men’s World Cup once again,” added Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice-President of Corporate Services at Tata Steel.
“The state of Odisha has come to be recognised as a hub of the National sport, and Tata Steel is honoured to be part of the journey. We wish the tournament all the very best and hope it will encourage more youngsters to take up this sport in the future.”