Cyclone Fani causes minor damage to the Kalinga stadium but hockey event to stay in Bhubaneswar

NEW DELHI: The Kalinga Stadium In Bhubaneswar A Few Minor Damages Have Occurred As A Result Cyclone Fani But That Wouldn't Stand In The Way Of It Final Hockey Series Scheduled To Be Held In The City Next Month, Hockey India Claimed Wednesday.

Rejecting Speculations That The June 6-15 Tournament Perhaps Out Of The Odisha Capital To Either Lucknow Or Raipur, A Top Hockey India Official Said No Such Decision Has Been Taken And The National Body Is Committed To Host The Event In Bhubaneswar.

" I Don't Know Where These Reports Come From But We Absolutely Had No Discussions With Odisha Government About Shifting The Venue," A Top HI Official Told PTI.

" We Are In Touch With The Odisha Government Officials And We Have Been Informed That The Extent Of Damage At The Hockey Stage Is Minimal. Situation At The Official Team Hotels.

" In This Time Of Need, We At Hockey India Have Offered To Extend Any Support The Odisha Government Seeks.

Six Months Ago, Bhubaneswar Hosted The FIH World Cup But Last Week's Cyclone Fani Wreaked Havoc In The City, Causing Substantial Damage.

The Kalinga Stadium , venue for the World Cup and next month's Final Hockey Series , too was at the receiving end of the nature's fury .

But According To The Odisha Government's Department Of Sports And Youth Services (DSYS) The Damage To The Stadium Has Been Minimal And They Are Hopeful Of Hosting The Tournament As Scheduled.

According To The Assessment Carried Out By The DSYS, The Hockey Turf At The Kainga Stadium Has Minor Damage.

" Our Team Has Stock Tasks At The Kalinga Hockey Stadium Which Has Suffered Minor Damages That Can Be Repaired By The End Of May. We Are Working Closely To Restore Stage Operations," Odisha Commissioner-cum-Secretary (Sports), Vishal Dev Said.

" The Team From Hockey India, Along With Technical Experts, Will Take Stock Of The Stadium And The Turf."

Eight countries -- including Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, USA, Uzbekistan and hosts India -- are set to take part in the men's Final Hockey Series , which is a qualifying tournament for the 2020 Olympic Games In Tokyo .