NEW DELHI: Tata Steel Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hockey India to become the official partner of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for the Men’s Hockey World Cup, to be held next year in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela in Odisha.

This is one of hockey’s biggest tournaments, with the 2023 championship being its 15th edition. This will be the fourth time India has hosted the tournament, with the first being in 1982 in Bombay. Subsequently, tournaments were held in 2010 in Delhi, and 2018 in Odisha. Sixteen nations are expected to participate in the championship to be held nest year.

Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey said, “We are delighted to welcome Tata Steel into our family as the official partner for the 2023 Men’s World Cup of Hockey. This world is even bigger. We look forward to a fruitful association.”

Chanakya Chaudhary, vice president, corporate services at Tata Steel, said, “As a committed and long term patron of sport in India, we are proud to be associated with the Men’s Hockey World Cup once again. The state of Odisha has been recognized as a national sports hub, and we are honored to be a part of this journey. We wish the best for this tournament and hope it will encourage more young people to get into this sport in the future.”

According to a report by GroupM ESP, the entertainment, esports and sports division of GroupM India, the size of the Indian sports industry is estimated to have surpassed Rp9500 crore in 2021. The company in its ‘Sporting Nation in The Making’ report said that the year helped India to reach a billion dollar scale with 62% growth during 2020.

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