Hockey India, the apex organisation governing field hockey in India, has brought on board National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) as the Principal Partner for 2015’s most awaited field hockey event, the Hero Hockey World League Final. The Hero Hockey World League Final is organised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and will be played at Raipur International Hockey Stadium, Raipur, India from the 27th November- 6th December 2015. This year the Indian men’s team along with Argentina, Great Britain, Canada, Belgium, Australia, Germany and Netherlands will vie for top honours at this global event.
India, currently ranked 8th in the FIH world rankings will enter the tournament on a high, given their recent series win on foreign turf against 7th ranked New Zealand. The Indian team under the guidance of Roelant Oltmans will be preparing with 26 probables for the Hero Hockey World League Final in a national camp at the Netaji Subhash Southern Centre, Bengaluru from 26th October 2015.
“NMDC is proud to be the Principal Partner for the Hero Hockey World League Final 2015 that will bring the best of world hockey to Chhattisgarh – a state which has enormous potential and talent, which NMDC has been mining and nurturing for several decades. India has a rich legacy in hockey and we hope this tournament helps bring the game of hockey centre stage on the national arena and helps it regain its past glory. We wish team India and all participating teams the best of luck ,” said Mr. Narendra Kothari, CMD, NMDC ltd.
“We welcome the NMDC Ltd., to the world of International hockey. NMDC is the country’s largest iron ore producer and it’s coming on board as the Principal Partner for Hero Hockey World League Final only reinforces my faith in the fact that the sport is not going unnoticed in India and both private and public bodies are coming forward to help the growth of hockey in the country. I am confident about seeing an energised and new team India at the event. I would also like to wish luck to the participating teams and hope to see some quality hockey on the field,” said Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, Hockey India.