Odisha Getting Ready To Welcome ISL

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Odisha getting ready to welcome ISL

Odisha set to host the ISL for the first time in its capital Bhubaneshwar in the Kalinga Stadium.

Jamshedpur FC has proposed to adopt Kalinga Stadium as its second home ground, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Chandra Sarathi Behera had told. The fourth season of ISL kicked off last month. The Tata Steel backed Jamshedpur FC may play two of its league matches here in February next year, Behera informed. “If everything falls into place, we expect that Jamshedpur FC will face North East United FC and Bangalore FC on February 10 and 25 respectively,” the Minister said.

Kalinga Stadium

The ISL added two more teams this year – Jamshedpur FC and Bengaluru FC – which will see that the super league is played over four months and have more matches than ever.

In view of the expanded season, a three-member grounds technical committee headed by Rochak Langer had visited Kalinga Stadium. The committee inspected the ground, stadium capacity, broadcasting facility and parking zone.The ISL Season-4 started on November 17.

All 10 teams will play each other in a home-and-away format in 90 games before the two-legged semi-finals which are scheduled to take place in the second week of March in 2018.“Odisha Government is committed to promoting different sports in the State,” Behera said.

After the success of 22nd Asian Athletics Championships here, Odisha has emerged as the new sporting destination of the country. The international infrastructure and State Government’s commitment towards sports have made Odisha a venue for international events, the Minister said.

Next year, the State will host its biggest international event, men’s Hockey World Cup at Kalinga Stadium on November 28. Sixteen top-ranked hockey teams will fight for the top honour.

Another reason for JFC to adopt an alternative stadium was poor pitch condition in JRD Tata sports Complex, Jameshdpur. TK midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh had limped off with a knee injury during the match, and Jamshedpur coach Steve Coppell has raised concerns about possible injuries.