Olly: Mascot for Sporting Events in Odisha
Olly: Mascot for Sporting Events in Odisha

Sports is an important part of the culture of Odisha and hence it plays a key role in development of the state. Field hockey, athletics, tennis, rugby union, rugby sevens, association football and cricket is the most popular sports in the Indian state of Odisha. It is also called as 'Sports Capital'. The Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar hosted the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup from 28 November to 16 December 2018.[1]

Events

Odisha have been hosting various sporting events in the recent years.

Athletics

Event Year Organiser
Asian Athletics Championships 2017 Athletics Federation of India

Badminton

Event Year Organiser
BWF World Tour 2022 Badminton Association of India

Football

Event Year Organiser Dates
Women's Gold Cup 2019 All India Football Federation
Football Association of Odisha
9–15 February 2019
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup (Upcoming) 2022 All India Football Federation
Football Association of Odisha
11–30 October 2022

Hockey

Event Year Organiser
Men's FIH Hockey Junior World Cup 2021 Hockey India
Hockey World Cup 2018 Hockey India
FIH Hockey World League 2017 Hockey India
Hockey Champions Trophy 2014 Hockey India

Rugby

Event Year Organiser Dates
Asia Rugby U18 Girls Rugby Sevens Championship 2018 Rugby India
Odisha Rugby Football Association
26–28 October 2018

Table Tennis

Event Year Organiser Dates
Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships 2019 Odisha State Table Tennis Association 17–22 July 2019

Tennis

Event Year Organiser Dates
India F1 Futures 26 February 2018 – 4 March 2018 Odisha Tennis Association

Leagues

State

Sport League Organiser
Cricket Odisha Premier League Odisha Cricket Association
Football FAO Super Cup Football Association of Odisha
Football FAO Football League Football Association of Odisha
Football Odisha Women's League Football Association of Odisha
Tennis Odisha Tennis Premier League Odisha Tennis Association

National

National Leagues Hosted by Odisha

Football
Indian Super League Match: Jamshedpur FC vc Bengaluru FC at Kalinga Stadium
Event Year
I-League 2018-19
Indian Super League 2017-18
Indian Super Cup 2019
2018
Hockey
Event Year Organiser
Hockey India League 2014
2015
2016
2017
Hockey India

Field hockey

Odisha's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Unveiling the Trophy of the 2016–17 Men's FIH Hockey World League Final
Odisha's Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Unveiling the Trophy of the 2016–17 Men's FIH Hockey World League Final

Field hockey is the most popular sport in the state. In a first-of-its-kind association, the Government of Odisha, has become the first state government in India to sponsor a national team. In early 2018, the government launched its sporting logo, signing a five-year sponsorship agreement with Hockey India, replacing the former sponsors.[2] Odisha field hockey team has been providing India, with some extremely talented players, who eventually are called up for the national teams, i.e. India men's national field hockey team and India women's national field hockey team.

The 35th edition of the Hockey Champions Trophy i.e. 2014 Men's Hockey Champions Trophy was held between 6–14 December 2014 in Bhubaneswar, India.[3]

The 3rd and the last edition of the FIH Hockey World League, i.e. the qualification stage for the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup, was held in Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The 14th edition of the Hockey World Cup i.e. 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup, was held from 28 November to 16 December 2018, at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Belgium turned out to be the champions after defeating Netherlands in the Final on 16 December 2018.

In 2019, the Government of Odisha, Tata Steel & Tata Trusts (Hockey Ace foundation) joined hands to launch Odisha Naval Tata Hockey High Performance Centre to train and prepare the next generation of hockey talent in the state. [4]

Athletics

Sport of athletics is another major sport in the state. Odisha has been producing some of the India's finest athletes who dominate in national and international sporting events. The 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships i.e. 2017 Asian Athletics Championships, was held from 6 to 9 July 2017 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Around 560 athletes from 41 countries attended the international event.[5][6]

Football

Association football is also an uprising, popular sport in Odisha. Football Association of Odisha (FAO) is the administrating governing body for football in Odisha. In women's football particularly, the Odisha women's football team has dominated at national levels. The .

Rugby

Rugby is popular both in men and women categories in Odisha. The Odisha Rugby Football Association is the state's administrating body for rugby football in Odisha. The Odisha women's rugby union team and Odisha women's rugby sevens team have been dominating since the past decade having won nearly all competitions at national levels. On the other hand, Odisha rugby union team and Odisha rugby sevens team have also made odisha proud with their performance at national levels. Both men and women of Odisha have provided India some of its best players. Odisha will be hosting the Asia Rugby Women's Championship from 26 to 28 October 2018.[7]

High Performance Centres

The Government of Odisha, in collaboration with various entities, have launched a few High Performance Centres at Kalinga Stadium in order to provide high-class training, facilities and infrastructure to the young sportsmen of Odisha. The list of HPCs is as follows:

References

  1. ^ "England & India to host Hockey World Cups 2018". FIH. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Odisha govt replace Sahara as Indian hockey team sponsors". Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Bhubaneswar, not Delhi to host 2014 Men's Champions Trophy". The Times Of India. 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-03-03.
  4. ^ "Naval Tata Hockey Academy Inaugurated In Odisha Capital". Kalinga TV. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  5. ^ "22nd AAC 2017 - Bhubaneswar". Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  6. ^ "22nd Asian Athletics Championship 2017". Asian Athletics Championship. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Capital to host Asia U-18 rugby tourney". Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Naval Tata Hockey Academy Inaugurated In Odisha Capital". Kalinga TV. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  9. ^ Minati Singha (May 15, 2017). "Odisha-SAI Regional Badminton Academy inaugurated in Bhubaneswar | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2021-05-30.
  10. ^ "High Performance Centre deal a big boost for Odisha and AIFF | Goal.com". www.goal.com. Retrieved 2021-06-07.