In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Modi, the Chief Minister of the Indian state of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, has urged to notify (The Times of India) field hockey as the national game of India.
It has always been assumed that the field hockey is the national game of India, but in 2012, answering to an application filed under Right to Information Act, the Sports Ministry of India replied that the Ministry has not declared any (NDTV) game or sport to be the national game.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) June 20, 2018
With 12 teams from around the World, Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha is all set to host (Business Standard) the 2018 men’s field hockey world cup in November 2018. Also as a first-of-its-kind association, the state government has started supporting (The Times of India) the national field hockey team for next five years from February 2018. Patnaik’s letter has raised a social media campaign with a #HockeyForNationalGame to make hockey as the national sport and promote the sport in the country.
Patnaik, in his letter, has mentioned the victory of Indian men’s field hockey team against Britain in the 1948 London Olympics, just one year after the independence from Great Britain. The Indian men’s field hockey team has won eight gold medals (Deccan Chronicle) of 20 matches it has played from 1932 to 2016. He also mentions that notifying hockey as a national game will be a tribute for the veteran players and will inspire the future generation.