hockey India On Thursday, he announced the start of ticket sales for the International Health Federation Globalism The Bhubaneswar-Rourkela Trophy, marking the 50 days since the countdown began and giving sports fans across the world a chance to secure their seats to watch the action in Odisha.
The event, which is scheduled to take place from January 13-29 next year, will see 16 teams battle it out for the coveted trophy. The event will take place at the famous Kalinga Hockey Stadium and the newly constructed Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela.
On the occasion, President of Hockey Club of India, Dilip Terkey, said, “Final preparations for the World Cup are underway. We are eagerly waiting to welcome all participating teams and hockey fans from across the world to be a part of this historic event.
“Government of Odisha has once again set a new world standard by providing an amazing venue like the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela which is the heart of the Odisha hockey belt and features state of the art facilities including more than 20,000 capacity seats. With the utilization of two venues this time, the event will surely be bigger. And more exciting than any other hockey tournament.”
Birsa Munda will host its first ever hockey match on the opening day of the tournament, as England take on Wales on January 13. This match will be followed by India taking on Spain in the opening match.
In Bhubaneswar, former Olympic champions Argentina will play South Africa while world No. 1 Australia will play France.
Ace drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh, who is currently leading the Indian side in a five-match preparatory series against Australia, reflected his team’s excitement as ticket sales opened to the public.
“It was a full house in Bhubaneswar during the FIH Pro League matches, we played in front of our home fans after almost two years, and it was a great experience. We are looking forward to playing against them during the World Cup in a brand new stadium in Rourkela as we open our campaign and we will be playing there for the first time. We can’t wait So to be in Rourkela and see the world class infrastructure that has been set up by the Odisha government.
“We are fortunate to have the opportunity to play an event like the World Cup in front of our fans for the second time in a row. We will do our best and hopefully we can make it a memorable tournament.”
Hockey India is celebrating its 50-day countdown to the World Cup by announcing that tickets are on sale
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