The frenzy over the Men’s World Cup Hockey 2023 reached its zenith at KIIT and KISS campuses today, with the Wales WCH team visiting the two campuses and indulging in friendly games with students from 50 different schools including the KIIT International School.
The Deputy High Commissioner of UK in Kolkata, Nick Low, visited the hockey stadium of KIIT and KISS and expressed his delight over the sports infrastructure at the campus and the world class facilities Odisha has created for the WCH-2023.
He also called on the Founder of KIIT and KISS Dr Achyuta Samanta who said, “we are thankful to our Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for organizing the event second time in a row, a big accomplishment for our nation and state. I am also happy that more than 1,700 students from 50 different schools got an opportunity to interact with the Wales team.”
The Wales Team visited KISS, the largest institute in the world with more than 30,000 indigenous students, and saw the academic, sports, dining, prayer and all infrastructure. They also visited the KIIT-KISS Hockey Stadium and played with the KISS boys and girls Hockey team and with the selected students as well from the schools gathered at the stadium.
The Wales WCH Team, Study in Wales and Hockey Wales Event was also hosted by KIIT International School. Welcoming the players, Chairman of the school Dr Mona Lisa Bal said the world class infrastructure in both the universities are the outcome of the vision of Dr Samanta who has placed sports close to his heart and its development in Odisha.
Among others, Samantha Diamond, Head of Asia, Middle East (overseas network performance and delivery) from the Welsh Government, Ria Burrage Male CEO Hockey Wales, Laura Fergusson from Study in Wales and Director General International Relations KIIT University Debraj Pradhan and Director General (Sports) in KIIT and KISS Gaganendu Dash and Director and Principal KIIT International School Dr Sanjay Suar were present.