Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar inaugurated the hockey training center at Nehrunagar in Pune. Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (P.C.M.C.) and Maharashtra Hockey Aundh have started the facility of international standards at Major Dhyanchand Hockey Polygrass stadium in Nehrunagar.
Pawar stated that – "The center will play an important part in promoting hockey and developing skills among players. The stadium should be maintained properly."
P.C.M.C. officials also said, "Both Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporations are making efforts to develop infra and turn Pune into a sports city." Later on, Ajit Pawar interacted with players after the inauguration ceremony.
In Pune, the Khadki area was the place of nursery hockey players. It produced several Olympians, including Dhanraj Pillay, who later became the captain of the Indian team and participated in four Olympics, followed by Vikram Pillay and Vikas Pillay, Vikram's younger brother. Also, in 1936 two players from Khadki, Joseph Phillips and BabooNimal were selected to be a part of the Indian Olympic team to play at the Berlin Olympics. Under the leadership of Dhyanchand, the team beat Germany 8-1 in the final to win the gold medal.