Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018
28 November – 16 December 2018
For any global event to achieve success, media plays a significant role in informing the mass public and creating the required hype around it. With the World Cup returning to India after a gap of eight years, the last one was played in New Delhi in 2010, the sentiments are bound to be high. The Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 will be held in the iconic Kalinga Stadium starting 28 November 2018 where crowds welcome their favourite teams to deafening roars. With rich history, culture and heritage making Bhubaneswar a mystical city and its people ever-so encouraging of their national sport – hockey, the event promises to be an experience of a life time. The city with its enchanting temples, numinous ancient caves and the coastline of Bay of Bengal only an hour’s drive away, hockey buffs traveling from across the world for the event will have a lot to explore on days they don’t have to be at the Stadium cheering for their favourite team.
With a robust qualification process, via the Hockey World League Semi Final in London and Johannesburg last year as well as the Continental Championships, 16 top teams have earned their tickets to vie for the No.1 position. The Netherlands, Argentina, England, Malaysia, Canada, New Zealand, France, Pakistan, China, South Africa, Belgium, Germany, Australia, Spain, Ireland and hosts India will take to the center stage. While Pakistan have won the coveted title maximum times, India is the only country to have qualified for the World Cup maximum number of times (14). India has previous won the World Cup in 1975 beating Pakistan in the Final and the hosts will certainly want to create history this time by challenging the world’s best for the title in their home ground.
The local crowds however have their favourites in every team. As hockey lovers, the public of Odisha turn up in great numbers to follow the sport so deep-rooted in them. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets, Come to Odisha and celebrate hockey!
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