Report by:Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabrta
Bhubaneswar,Hockey is our national game and we had a splendid glory in the past and also having in good name and fame internationally. Odisha under the leadership of Naveen Patnaik who had dreamt of organizing such a big tournament is merely a high end courage and strong dedication. On 27th evening Bhubaneswar now have a colorful bath of lights and paintings of World Cup Men Hockey Tournament, experienced the mega event which was witnessed by lakhs of hockey fans across the globe. Odisha is privileged to have organized such a big event. The beautiful evening was started with felicitating the icons of world cup team who won the 1975 world championship. Soon after the cultural function kick started which was hosted by famous TV artist and cricket anchor Gaurav Kapoor. He arranged his words beautifully and welcomed all the captain of the team to the dais and also Shah Rukh Khan who was the main attraction of the event. He chained the entire crowd with his famous dialogue taken from his movie, Chak De India…70 minutes which inspired the crowd a lot. He thanked Naveen Patnaik this great effort and soon the entire evening was hypnotized by the dancers from different state under the dhak dhak girl, Madhuri Dikshit. Who danced beautifully at the centre stage mesmerized the entire crowd. The programme didn’t end here; it was yet to take high spirit when A R Rahman the famous music composer and director sang songs out of his great creation. The entire crowd danced to the tune he sets. Amid the programme the fire crackers of all colors were lighted, make the stadium dressed with beautiful colors, which was looked awesome. This 18 days sport kumbh will be played between the best 16 teams of the world with 36 matches altogether. In the opening Narendra Dhruv Batra, President of International Hockey Federation had shown his happiness by saying that no dream is big to achieve and thanked the Odisha Govt. for the splendid task taken. He further said Kalinga Stadium is one of the most magnificent stadiums in the world; hence, it made Bhubaneswar the sports capital of Odisha. Yesterday two matches were played where Belgium defeated Canada and the most favorite Indian team had beaten South Africa 5 nil. This match is witnessed by huge fan of Indian team and the game was all interesting. By organizing this, Odisha has proved its mettle to organize any such big tournaments in coming time.