Fever is starting to rise across the country and popular demonstrations are multiplying in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, the 2 cities 240 kilometers apart, which will host the 2023 World Cup from January 13th. This is how Hockey India has confirmed that the first matches which will take place in the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, a brand new enclosure, built for the occasion with works estimated at around 30 million euros, will be sold out. . It is therefore 20,000 spectators who will attend the opening match of the host country against Spain, later today.
But the information that certainly made the biggest impression on Friday was the confirmation of the amount of the exceptional bonus that the players will receive in the event of India’s final victory in the world competition. They could each pocket an amount of 115,000 euros as confirmed by Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of the government of Odisha (the State where the world tournament is taking place), during the inauguration, in large pumps, from the Rourkela stadium! As a reminder, in December 2018, the Red Lions, who arrived this morning in Bhubaneswar, after almost 24 hours of travel, had won the sum of 100,000 euros gross for their first world title. A collective bonus paid by one of the Federation’s partners at the time, the special risk management broker Tolrip.