Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik personally congratulated the Indian Men’s Hockey Team over a video call for their historic Gold Medal win at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
- Announces Rs 5 lakhs each for the players and support staff
- The victory seals Team India’s place at the Paris Olympics in 2024
Bhubaneswar October 6, 2023: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh each for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team players and support staff in light of their remarkable Gold Medal victory at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou. The team’s outstanding performance not only secured the prestigious Gold but also earned them a coveted spot in the Paris Olympics 2024. They clinched victory with a resounding 5-1 win over defending champions Japan in the final.
In a heartfelt gesture, CM Naveen Patnaik personally congratulated the team via video call following the medal ceremony, filling them with elation.
CM Naveen Patnaik expressed his joy, saying, “I extend my warmest congratulations to the triumphant Indian Men’s Hockey Team. Their unwavering dedication and relentless hard work once again prove that Hockey is India’s game, embodying our nation’s indomitable spirit. In Odisha, where Hockey holds a special place in our hearts, this historic victory will forever be etched as a momentous triumph for our cherished sport and our nation. I extend my best wishes to the Indian Team as they prepare for the Paris Olympics next year.”
This victory marks the end of a nine-year-long wait for India to secure the top position at this prestigious quadrennial event. In 2014, India secured Gold by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan.
It’s worth noting that Odisha has been a vital sponsor for the Indian hockey teams since 2018, offering unwavering support throughout major tournaments, including two World Cups. This support has played a pivotal role in the resurgence of Indian hockey on the global stage, culminating in this historic Gold Medal victory at the Asian Games.
As a symbol of their support and appreciation for the team’s exceptional performance and dedication, Odisha stands proudly with the nation’s beloved sport, with CM Naveen Patnaik’s announcement of cash rewards.