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FIH Hockey World Cup Trophy Arrives in Mumbai

The trophy was displayed at various locations including on a naval ship and a submarine

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Raju Vernekar
Raju Vernekar
Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

INDIA. Mumbai: As a precursor to the prestigious International Hockey Federation (FIH) Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023, a World Cup Trophy toured various parts of Mumbai, including the Indian Naval Dockyard, on Monday and Tuesday.

Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 is being organised at Bhubaneshwar and Rourkela in Odisha from January 13 to January 29, 2023. A World Cup Trophy tour is being organised from December 5 onwards till January 11, 2023, covering the length and breadth of the country.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the trophy tour of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 in Bhubaneswar, handing over the Trophy to Hockey India President Dilip Tirkey on December 5.

The trophy will return to Odisha on December 25 after touring 13 states, one union territory, and several districts. The states include West Bengal, Manipur, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh.

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To publicise the event and increase awareness in the naval community, the trophy was displayed at various locations inside Naval Dockyard, including on a naval ship and a submarine on Tuesday, an official statement read.

Vice Admiral Ajendra Bahadur Singh, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, senior naval officers, former Indian hockey Olympians, and school children were present on occasion. The FOC-in-C conveyed the best wishes of the naval fraternity to the Indian hockey team and the World Cup organisers.

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The 15th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men’s national field hockey teams, will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela. Sixteen teams from five confederations are participating. 

The first matches will be played on January 13, 2023, between Argentina and South Africa (first session) and Australia and France (second session at the Kalinga Stadium.

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  • Raju Vernekar

    Raju Vermekar is a senior Mumbai-based journalist who have worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

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