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Men’s Hockey World Cup kicks off with dazzling Opening Ceremony in Odisha | Checkout Highlights

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Men’s Hockey World Cup, 2023 got underway with a dazzling and spectacular opening ceremony at the picturesque Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha on Wednesday. The ceremony was witnessed by thousands of hockey lovers from the nation and abroad.

Sports Minister of India, Anurag Thakur, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, International Hockey Federation (IHF) president Tayyab Ikram, and Hockey India chairman Dilip Tirkey attended the gleaming ceremony.

IHF president, Tayyab Ikram, in his address, praised Odisha for hosting this mega event twice consecutively. The last one took place in 2018. He even called the state the “Land of Hockey”.

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Anurag Thakur thanked the Odisha government for successfully hosting this prestigious event. He also mentioned that the Centre will always extend support to states for hosting such level of sporting events.

This ceremony was filled with many colorful cultural programmes that kept mesmerizing the packed audience. The celebration started with a beautiful tribal dance art of the state, which was a fusion of at least 6 local dance forms and was choreographed by dance guru Aruna Mohanty.

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Odia singers, K-Pop group- BLACKSWAN, and Bollywood artists added stars to the show. Let’s take a glimpse of this thrilling ceremony via pictures and tweets.

Hockey World Cup 2023, Odisha– Opening Ceremony

Men’s Hockey World Cup kicks off with dazzling Opening Ceremony in Odisha | Checkout Highlights
Ranveer Singh, Image Source- Twitter
Men’s Hockey World Cup kicks off with dazzling Opening Ceremony in Odisha | Checkout Highlights
K-POP Group- BLACKSWAN, Image Source- Twitter

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