Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik erected the world’s largest hockey sculpture on the banks of the Mahanadi river in Cuttack to mark the beginning of the marquee sports event i.e FIH Hockey World Cup 2023 in Odisha. The sculpture created by Pattnaik is 105 feet long and is made up of installations of 5000 hockey balls.
The sand sculpture includes a hockey stick, the World Cup trophy, and a hockey turf in front of it. The artwork also includes the national flags of all participating countries, including India, the host.
The 2023 edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup is all set to get underway on Thursday with a match between Argentina and South Africa at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The match is scheduled to be held at 1:00 p.m. local time. Earlier, the opening ceremony for the tournament took place on Wednesday evening at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
Thanks, @sudarsansand bhai, for this beautiful creation. World's longest sand Hockey stick @USCGHyderabad @lakshmiunwomen @USIndianAffairs pic.twitter.com/PvZULROf9S
— Vikramaditya (@Dwitivikram) January 13, 2023
The mega event was attended by Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik among others.
We have created World's longest sand Hockey stick of 105ft long, with installation of 5000 #hockey balls on Mahanadi river bank at #Cuttack. Odisha. #HockeyWorldCup2023 #HWC2023 pic.twitter.com/ueemuy3Yeg
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) January 11, 2023
A total of 16 teams from five confederations will take part in the tournament, which will be held across two stadiums in Odisha – Kalinga Stadium and Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium. The first day of the tournament will see four matches being held across two venues. Argentina will play South Africa in the first game, while Australia will lock horns against France in the second at 3:00 p.m. IST. The third and fourth matches will see England play Wales at 5:00 p.m. and India tackle Spain at 7:00 p.m.
When will India vs Spain Hockey World Cup match take place?
India vs Spain Hockey World Cup match will take place on January 13th at 7pm IST.
Where will India vs Spain Hockey World Cup match take place?
India vs Spain Hockey world cup match will take place at the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, Odisha.
How to watch India vs Spain Hockey World Cup match? | Where will the India vs Spain Hockey World be live streamed?
India vs Spain Hockey World Cup match will be live streamed on Disney+Hotstar and will be telecast on Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD.