Odisha welcomes FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup Trophy with culture & tradition

by Dikhyaa Mohanty
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After travelling across 13 states and one union territory, the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 finally reached Bhubaneswar on December 25. The trophy reached Odisha after travelling across the states for over 21 days.

The Trophy was received by Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey and Odisha sports and youth services Minister Tusharkanti Behera at Biju Patnaik Airport in Bhubaneswar. Later, it was handed over to Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).

BMC Mayor Sulochana Das and the Commissioner welcomed the Trophy with much fanfare amidst dance and dhols, culture and tradition of Odisha. The Trophy will soon be taken to Lingaraj Temple and then to Esplanade (mall) for display before touring across schools and educational institutions.

Later, the World Cup Trophy will tour across all districts in the state before being taken to Sundargarh district, the ‘cradle of Indian Hockey’. The trophy will visit 17 blocks of the district and will end in Rourkela before finally returning to the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar where the finals will be played on January 29, 2023.

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