KALINGA STADIUM, THE FACE OF ODISHA SPORTS

State-owned Kalinga Stadium is the biggest of its kind in Odisha, featuring infrastructure facility for several disciplines.

Located in the heart of capital city Bhubaneswar, the picturesque stadium has an astro-turf hockey complex, international-standard swimming complex, synthetic track for athletics, international-standard football ground, 10 tennis courts, three basketball courts, three volleyball courts, three practice fields, two hostel building, 37 A/C Deluxe rooms, 26 dormitories with a capacity to accommodate 470 sportspersons, two gymnasiums, conference room, a jogging track etc. The main stadium has a 50,000 seating capacity. Government College of Physical Education and Nehru Yuva Kendra also function from this stadium.
The stadium staged Hockey India League matches in 2014. It also hosted national-level competitions in athletics, tennis, football, swimming, rugby and kickboxing. Barija Ranjan Mohanty is the in-charge of the stadium.

Entry of vehicles has been restricted inside Kalinga Stadium. Reason? It causes inconvenience for walkers and joggers. But people walk on the stadium road even though there is a separate track for the purpose. On the other hand, restriction on entry of vehicles has caused inconvenience for sportspersons and spectators.
Barija Ranjan Mohanty (Right) succeeded Kumar Ranjan Panda (Left) as in-charge of Kalinga Stadium on March 6, 2014.
The newly constructed Kalinga Stadium Hockey Complex is set to stage the 2014 Men`s Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament. Here is the face of the state of the art astro-turf hockey complex.

BHUBANESWAR STAGES CHAMPIONS TROPHY HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

Temple City Bhubaneswar proved to be a magnificent new home for hockey by staging the 35th Men’s Champions Trophy Tournament very successfully at Kalinga Stadium Hockey Complex from Dec 6 to 14, 2014. Germany won the glittering silver trophy for the 10th time with a convincing 2-0 win over three-time title winners Pakistan in the thrilling summit clash.
Hosts India finished fourth after they lost to defending champions Australia 1-2. Earlier in the semifinals, India lost to Pakistan 3-4, while Germany edged out defending champions Australia 3-2. Pakistan’s fighting win, however, lost much of its sheen as some of the Pak players showed indecent gesture to the crowd, while celebrating their victory. Here are some pictures of the tournament.

SV Sunil of India receives the Most Energetic Player of the Tournament award from Cairn India Deputy General Manager (Corporate Communication) Sourav Das on Dec 14, 2014.
 Odisha Sports Minister Sudam Marndi`s wife at Kalinga Stadium on the occasion of Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament on Dec 6, 2014.

Odisha Sports Minister Sudam Marndi`s wife at Kalinga Stadium on the occasion of Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament on Dec 6, 2014.
Odisha Governor S C Jamir at Kalinga Stadium on the occasion of Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament on December 6, 2014.
Odisha Governor S C Jamir at Kalinga Stadium on the occasion of Champions Trophy Hockey Tournament on December 6, 2014.
Indian team`s head coach Roelant Oltmans giving instructions to players during team`s practice session at Kalinga Stadium Hockey Complex on December 12, 2014.
Indian team`s head coach Roelant Oltmans giving instructions to players during team`s practice session at Kalinga Stadium Hockey Complex on December 12, 2014.

 

Jeremy Hayward of Australia scores a goal against Pakistan in their Pool-A match on Dec 9, 2014.
Jeremy Hayward of Australia scores a goal against Pakistan in their Pool-A match on Dec 9, 2014.
 Hockey India CEO Elena Norman waves to the crowd during a pool match between India and Argentina on Dec 7, 2014.
Hockey India CEO Elena Norman waves to the crowd during a pool match between India and Argentina on Dec 7, 2014.
Germany players celebrate their title triumph after beating Pakistan in the final on Dec 14, 2014.
Germany players celebrate their title triumph after beating Pakistan in the final on Dec 14, 2014.

 

ODISHA PLAYS HOST TO WOMEN`S WORLD CUP MATCHES

Despite protest from political parties, Odisha Cricket Association took the challenge to host the ICC Women`s World Cup matches, involving Pakistan at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack and DRIEMS Cricket Stadium in Tangi at short notice. The move turned out to be super hit, delivering immense benefits.

Captains of Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa at a media conference in Cuttack on January 31, 2013.
OCA secretary Asirbad Behera welcomes Pakistan women`s team captain Sana Mir at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
Pakistan women`s team captain Sana Mir at a post-match media conference in Cuttack on February 7, 2013.

Source: orisports.com