After the 2014 Champions Trophy, Bhubaneswar would host another high-profile hockey event in 2018 with the city finalized for the 2018 Men’s World Cup. The decision was taken by Hockey India about a month ago.However, with the state government keen on making a formal announcement on a grand scale, the federation has delayed an official confirmation of the news. The 2014 Champions Trophy was the first major tournament to be held outside Delhi as part of Hockey India’s attempts to spread the game across the country.
“It is finalized. There were talks with Tamil Nadu government as well but now Bhubaneswar has been finalized,” a Hockey India official confirmed after Saturday’s Annual General Meeting in Jaipur. Bhubaneswar would also be hosting the Hockey World League Finals in 2017.