Odisha to continue to sponsor Indian hockey teams for 10 more years, says CM Naveen Patnaik

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated the Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams in what was their first visit to Bhubaneswar since the Tokyo Olympics.

The women’s hockey team equalled their best-ever finish at an Olympics. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Indian men’s team won the country’s first hockey medal at the Olympics in 41 years
  • The women’s team equalled their best-ever finish at an Olympics
  • Patnaik had earlier felicitated members of the team who were from Odisha and returned home from Tokyo

Odisha will continue its sponsorship of the Indian hockey teams for 10 more years, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a felication ceremony for the squads in what was their first visit to the state since the Tokyo Olympic. Patnaik felicitated women’s and men’s captains Rani Rampal and Manpreet Singh respectively in a ceremony in Bhubaneswar.

The Indian men’s team won bronze with a 5-4 win over four-time champions Germany. It was India’s first Olympic medal in hockey in 41 years. The women’s team reached the knockouts for the first time in their history and stunned gold medal favourites Australia to reach the semi-finals. They lost to Argentina after which they lost to Great Britain in the bronze medal match. The team finished fourth, matching their best-ever finish at an Olympics.

Patnaik had earlier felicitated members of the team who were from Odisha and had returned home after the Tokyo Games.

While men’s players Birendra Lakra and Amit Rohidas were awarded Rs 2.5 crores each, women’s players Deep Grace Ekka and Namita Toppo were handed Rs 50 lakhs each.

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