With 5 years of painstaking planning, preparation and a stunning rebuild of the state-of-the-art 15,000 capacity Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar is all set to host to the men’s hockey’s flagship tournament, the World Cup 2018.
The level of excitement ahead of the start of this global sporting extravaganza is at an all-time high. The state capital city’s walls and billboards are all painted with the most famous of the hockey heroes.
The grand event got an even grander opening with some of the most high profile personalities like Shahrukh Khan and AR Rahman making their presence felt. Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman performed to the tunes of ‘Jai India’ under the shimmering lights in the Kalinga Stadium with his group of musicians.
Joining him were Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and actress Madhuri Dixit who won the audience’s heart with their captivating performances.
Build Up and Schedule
Earlier, on Monday 26 November, the captains of all the 16 competing teams had assembled along with Odisha’s CM Naveen Patnaik at Bhubaneswar’s magnificent Mukteshwar Temple where special commemorative photo alongside the brilliantly shining World Cup trophy. Although it remains to be seen which of these captains will be lifting the iconic trophy on Sunday 16 December, it still promises to be an enthralling 19-day journey of cutting-edge hockey action.
The latest edition will start from 28 November to 16 December. The hosts of the 14th edition of the grand event, India is placed in Group C besides Belgium, Canada, and South Africa. India will be beginning their campaign against South Africa today.
It will be Manpreet Singh who will lead the Indian side in the tournament, whereas Chinglensana Singh will be his the vice-captain.
Here is the complete group stage schedule the tournament
|November 28, 2018||Belgium VS Canada||17:00 PM||Pool C|
|India VS South Africa||19:00 PM|
|November 29, 2018||Argentina VS Spain||17:00 PM||Pool A|
|New Zealand VS France||19:00 PM|
|November 30, 2018||Australia VS Ireland||17:00 PM||Pool B|
|England VS China||19:00 PM|
|December 1, 2018||Netherlands VS Malaysia||17:00 PM||Pool D|
|Germany VS Pakistan||19:00 PM|
|December 2, 2018||Canada VS South Africa||17:00 PM||Pool B|
|India VS Belgium||19:00 PM|
|December 3, 2018||New Zealand VS Argentina||17:00 PM||Pool A|
|Spain VS France||19:00 PM|
|December 4, 2018||England VS Australia||17:00 PM||Pool B|
|Ireland VS China||19:00 PM|
|December 5, 2018||Germany VS Netherlands||17:00 PM||Pool D|
|Malaysia VS Pakistan||19:00 PM|
|December 6, 2018||Spain VS New Zealand||17:00 PM||Pool A|
|Argentina VS France||19:00 PM|
|December 7, 2018||Australia VS China||17:00 PM||Pool B|
|Ireland VS England||19:00 PM|
|December 8, 2018||Belgium VS South Africa||17:00 PM||Pool C|
|Canada VS India||19:00 PM|
|December 9, 2018||Malaysia VS Germany||17:00 PM||Pool D|
|Netherlands VS Pakistan||19:00 PM|
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