Bhubaneswar: Hockey India (HI) assured that the FIH Series Finals will be played in Odisha after the damage done to the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar by cyclone Fani had left a lot of doubts.
The federation has assured that after assessing the damage, they would help the government by extending their support.
Odisha was left with substantial damage by Fani and Kalinga Stadium was not spared. However, as the Odisha government’s Department of Sports and Youth Services (DSYS), the damage was minor and it should be up and ready by the end of May.
Meanwhile, speculations were rife that the tournament was being moved to either Lucknow or Raipur. However, top HI official has now assured that it would be held in Odisha next month (6-15 June), as per schedule, and in fact, there wasn’t any such decision taken of shifting venues with the national body committed to host it in Bhubaneswar.