The Trophy Tour of the International Hockey Federation (FIH)-Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 was officially kicked off on Monday in Bhubaneswar with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handing over the trophy to Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey.
“I hope the Hockey Men’s World Cup Trophy Tour will build excitement for the World Cup across India. We will be hosting 16 teams and the matches will be played in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela”, Patnaik said wishing the trophy tour a grand success.
The upcoming World Cup for the teams and the fans will be a memorable one, he hoped.
The trophy will travel across 13 states and one Union Territory before returning to Odisha on 25 December, thus giving the fans and public a chance to engage with the prestigious trophy before the winning team lifts it, he added.
In the next 21 days, the trophy will travel across West Bengal, Manipur, Assam, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, New Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Chattisgarh.
Once back in Odisha, the Hockey Men’s World Cup Trophy will tour across all the districts.
The trophy will also have the tour of the 17 blocks of Sundargarh which is famed for being the cradle of Hockey.
The last leg of the tour will be in Rourkela before finally returning to Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar where the finals will be played on 29 January 2023.