Current Affairs 2018 Hockey World Cup kicks off in Bhubaneswar

2018 Hockey World Cup kicks off in Bhubaneswar

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(Hockey is not India’s national game. In 2012 the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs declared that India does not have a game that has been officially designated as its national game)

The 14th Hockey World Cup begins today in Odisha, Bhubaneswar. The opening ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov 27 witnessed participation by Bollywood top celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit.

The Odisha government has invested over Rs 100 crore for beautifying the city and to keep the tourist entertained during their stay.

India is hosting the world cup for the third time after 1982 (Bombay) and 2010 (Delhi). India won the last world cup way back in 1975 and since then never managed to reach semi-finals in the world cup tournaments. All hopes are pinned on the 14th World Cup, wishing India would lift the cup after 43 years.

The Men’s Hockey World Cup is an international field hockey competition by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Started in 1971, it is held once in four years.

Meet team India:

Manpreet Singh (Captain), Age: 26, Position: Midfielder

Chinglensana Singh (vice-captain),  Age:26, Position: Midfielder

Krishan B Pathak, Age: 21, Goal Keeper

PR Sreejesh, Age:30, Position: Goal Keeper

Amit Rohidas, Age:25, Position: Defender

Birendra Lakra, Age: 28, Position: Defender

Kothajit Singh Khadangbam, Age: 26, Position: Defender

Harmanpreet Singh, Age: 22, Position: Defender

Surender Kumar, Age: 24, Position: Defender

Varun Kumar, Age: 23, Position: Defender

Hardik Singh, Age: 20, Position: Midfielder

Nilakanta Sharma, Age:23, Position: Midfielder

Sumit Kumar, Age:21, Position:Midfielder

Akashdeep Singh, Age:23, Position:Forward

Dilpreet Singh, Age: 19, Position: Forward

Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Age:24, Position:Forward

Mandip Singh, Age:23, Position: Forward

Simranjeet Singh, Age:21, Position: Forward

 

16 countries participating in this world cup.

Match Schedule:

Pics Source: Twitter
Content Source: TOI, Wikipedia

 

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