Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided to provide protocol security to Pakistan team during the forthcoming Men’s Hockey World Cup here in the city, sources said today.
As many as 70-80 platoons of police will be deployed during the event and each team will have a personal security officer, sources added.
In high level meeting held at State Secretariat today, it has also been decided to launch a build-up campaign in 17 cities from August 29.
Speaking to the media, Sports Secretary Vishal Dev said, ” The campaign will travel to Bhubaneswar, Rourkela, Mumbai and New Delhi, among other, with the participation of a number of internationally-acclaimed celebrities for promotion of the mega event.”
A 360 degree nation-wide publicity campaign, ‘Heartbeats for Hockey’, was earlier launched in an attempt to showcase Bhubaneswar as a sporting venue and Odisha as a tourist destination.
Ads were put up on buses in London with the tagline ‘Odisha by Morning, Hockey by Evening’. For the smooth conduct of the 14th edition of the world cup which Odisha will be hosting for the first time, Twin City Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty stressed convergence between the police and all departments of the state government.