Hockey World Cup 2018: Police to issue security guidelines for teams

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police will issue separate security-related guidelines for all 16 teams visiting Bhubaneswar for the Men’s Hockey World Cup.

According to sources, the Commissionerate Police will issue guidelines to all the team managers during the players’ stay in the city.

Keeping in view the protests against Pakistan, security will be tightened for the team, informed sources.

Keeping in mind the untoward situation which had emerged during the team’s visit during the Hockey Champions Trophy, police officials will hold special discussions with the Pakistan team manager, sources said.

Meanwhile, the England team’s security in-charge met Police Commissioner and discussed security related issues. The security in-charge also enquired about the security arrangements during their visit to the restaurant where the team is getting its food prepared, informed sources.

Andy Halliday, Manager, England Hockey team said “The officials informed us that we will have security cover wherever we are going, be it ground or restaurant. We are happy with the security arrangements here.”

According to the police guidelines, the players will be required to inform the team manager in case of any outdoor visits by themselves and dial 100 if necessary.

On the other hand, the Police DG has instructed concerned officials to beef up security during the mega event. The Coast Guard and Intelligence department have also been kept on alert, sources added.

“All teams have been given dos and don’ts guidelines. We will even hold discussions with team officials and managers,” Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty said.

“These are last minute things to do and everything in under control. We are fully prepared from our point of view and event delivery and the State government feels the same way,” Elena Norman, CEO, Hockey India said.
Meanwhile, the Australian hockey team arrived on Saturday.