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 EXCLUSIVE:

  ODISHA HOSTS HOCKEY MEN WORLD CUP 2018 AT BHUBANESWAR  
 
Government of Odisha, under the aegis of Hockey India and International Hockey Federation, is hosting the 14th Hockey Men’s World Cup at the refurbished Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar from Nov 28-Dec 16, 2018. Sixteen nations, including India, would battle it out for the coveted trophy. Following are some special images of the World Cup-2018.
 
 
 
Members of the 1975 World Cup winning Indian team were felicitated at the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on Nov 27, 2018.
 
 
 
South African umpire Peter Wright receives his Golden Whistle award from FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra in recognition of umpiring 100 international matches at Kalinga Hockey Stadium on Nov 29, 2018.
 
 
 
Argentina forward Agustin Mazzilli receives his man of the match prize from BJD Rajya Sabha MP Soumya Ranjan Patnaik on Nov 29, 2018.
 
 
 
An aerial night view of the refurbished Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar in November, 2018.
 
 
 
Australia player Matthew Swann receives the Player of the Match award from State Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda on Dec 4, 2018.
 
 
 
Malaysia forward-cum-dragflick specialist Faizal Saari receives the Player of the Match award from New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla on Dec 5, 2018.
 
 
 
Odisha Sports Department Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev celebrates his birthday with Hockey India CEO Elena Norman during Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium complex on 7th December 2018.
 
 
 
Legendary Indian athlete Anju Bobby George, who graced the Hockey World Cup match between Spain and New Zealand as the special guest, meets players at the Kalinga Stadium on Dec 6, 2018.
 
 
 
Odisha star and India defender Amit Rohidas celebrates after scoring a goal against Canada in their World Cup Pool C match in Bhubaneswar on Dec 8, 2018.
 
 
 
Tobias Hauke poses with the memento he received after making his 300th international appearance for Germany in the World Cup match against Malaysia on Dec 9, 2018.
 
 
 
Simon Gougnard (Belgium) receives the Player of the Match award from BJD Rajya Sabha Member Dr Achyuta Samanta on Dec 8, 2018.
 
 
 
Odia player Amit Rohidas takes a selfie with his India teammates after their win over Canada in a Pool C World Cup match in Bhubaneswar on December 8, 2018.
 
 
 
Viktor Lockwood of France poses with the Player of the Match award he received on the occasion of his 100th senior international appearance during 14th Hockey Men`s World Cup in Bhubaneswar on December 10, 2018.
 
 
 
Odia emcee and anchor Diksha Tiwari did a good job as the official match time announcer for the World Cup. Also a Bhubaneswar-based woman journalist, she pumped extra energy into the match environment by keeping the crowd busy.
 
 
 
Netherlands forward Jeroen Hertzberger receives the Player of the Match award from NALCO Chairman-cum-Managing Director Dr Tapan Kumar Chand on Dec 1, 2018.
 
 
 
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag joined the India-Netherlands quarterfinal match as special guest on Dec 13, 2018. He also joined Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the audience after cheering the Indian team prior to the match. Sehwag was presented with a memento on the occasion by Sports Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera.
 
 
 
Former India cricket captain Anil Kumble takes a selfie with wife Chetana during his presence as special guest in a World Cup match at Kalinga Hockey Stadium on December 6, 2018.
 
 
 
In a bid to encourage the four semifinalists of the Hockey World Cup, Odisha Government roped in international sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik to do sand art at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.
 
 
 
Indian tennis legend Leander Paes with Hockey India official R K Srivastava during his presence as special guest in a World Cup match at Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Dec 5, 2018. ``I dreamt of becoming an Olympian while ironing my dad`s India hockey jersey. So to be at the Hockey World Cup here in India was a very precious moment for me,’’ tweeted Paes.
 
 
 
BEING FOCUSED: England captain Phil Roper in action during their World Cup cross-over match against New Zealand in Bhubaneswar on December 10, 2018.
 
 
 
Argentina forward Agustin Mazzilli poses with the hockey milestones memento he received for making his 200th senior international appearance in the World Cup match against France on December 6, 2018.
 
 
 
Dance performance of cheer girls on the middle of the pitch during half-time break provided good entertainment to the crowd in Kalinga Stadium on December 7, 2018.
 
 
 
Players of the Netherlands team perform acrobatics during their visit to the World Cup Fan Village in Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on December 7, 2018.
 
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