The Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar has suffered a few minor damages because of Cyclone Fani, but that could no longer come in the way of engaging in the Hockey Series Finals scheduled to be held inside the city next month, Hockey India asserted Wednesday.


Rejecting speculation that the June 6 to 15 tournament might be shifted out of the Odisha Capital to both Lucknow or Raipur, a pinnacle Hockey India authentic stated no such decision had been taken, and the national frame is devoted to hosting the event in Bhubaneswar.

“I don’t know from wherein those reports come from, but we clearly had no discussions with Odisha authorities about moving the venue,” said a pinnacle HI reputable.

“We are in touch with the Odisha government officers, and we were knowledgeable that the quantity of damage within the hockey stadium is minimum. Hockey India officials will also tour Bhubaneswar this week to assess the turf’s condition and take inventory of the situation at the respectable team motels.

“In this time of need, we at Hockey India have presented to extend any aid the Odisha authorities seek. Our thoughts exit to the victims and their households affected due to the cyclone,” the legit brought.

Six months in the past, Bhubaneswar hosted the FIH World Cup. However, closing week’s Cyclone Fani wreaked havoc inside the city, inflicting significant damage.

The Kalinga Stadium, venue for the World Cup and subsequent month’s Hockey Series Finals, too became on the receiving give up of nature’s fury.

But consistent with the Odisha government’s Department of Sports and Youth Services (DSYS), the stadium’s harm has been minimal. They’re hopeful of web hosting the tournament as scheduled.

According to the assessment performed by the DSYS, the hockey turf at the Kalinga Stadium has minor harm.

“Our group has taken inventory of the scenario at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium which has suffered minor damages that may be repaired by the quit of May. We are operating closely to restore stadium operations,” Odisha Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Sports), Vishal Dev, said.

“The crew from Hockey India, along with technical professionals, could be quickly taking inventory of the stadium and the turf.”

  • Eight countries – such as Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, USA, Uzbekistan and hosts India – are set to take part in the men’s Hockey Series Finals, that’s a qualifying match for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.