27 Nov : Odisha : News Express 24 :-
In the capital of Odisha, on Tuesday evening, the 14th Hockey World Cup has a colorful start. Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit performed at the inaugural ceremony. India is hosting this tournament for the third time. Compared to the tournament, it will start on Wednesday. This time the matches of the tournament will be broadcast in 194 countries of the world.
16 teams are participating in the men’s Hockey World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar. The first match of the tournament will be held between Belgium and Canada at 5 pm on Wednesday. The second match of the day will be held between seven and a-half hours from host India and South Africa. The final of the tournament will be played on December 16.
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The inaugural ceremony started with a strong fireworks. After this, Indian Olympic Committee (IOC) Chairman Narender Batra thanked Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for hosting the World Cup. Odisha is also the sponsor of the Hockey World Cup.
Talks of “Chak De India” repeated by Shahrukh
Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan came to the stage with a hockey stick. He spoke in Hindi, English and Oriya. Shahrukh also repeated the dialogue of Chak De India in his famous film ’70 minutes is with you …’ Then he called the Chief Minister of Odisha Navin Patnaik. Naveen Patnaik got acquainted with the captain of all the 16 teams standing on stage. After this Madhuri Dixit came to the field for performance. They have seen the role of ‘Mother Earth’.