India's hockey captain Manpreet Singh, who will lead India in the upcoming Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup, urged the avid hockey buffs to watch the matches in the stadium instead of sitting in their homes.
Manpreet singh, who serves the Indian hockey team as captain, urged people to fill the stadiums during the Hockey World Cup which is set to be hosted by India. In a push to make the sport grab more eyeballs with the support of fans, skipper of the Indian Football team Sunil Chhetri, also did something similar just five moths ago.
If there is an international cricket match in India, the spectators will automatically throng the stadiums and if you are an ardent cricket fan, you might just get lucky to get a ticket after standing in long queues. But it may not be the case with other sports.
In a video put out by the Hockey India on its official Twitter account, Manpreet said, "It is altogether a different vibe when you see the live match in a stadium. When the matches are telecast on television, you can only see a couple of angles and you may miss all the enthralling action. But when you see the action live in the stadium, the run and energy of players invigorates fun. It is proud feeling that India is hosting the Hockey World Cup. I would urge all people to buy tickets and watch matches in the stadium."
Manpreet also feels that the team has to refine their approach in attack and defence before they begin their campaign. "We had not lost a single match at the Asian Champions Trophy which gave a morale boost to the team. We have to work more on our attack and defence," he stated.
Felicitation of living legends of 1975 world cup winning team
The Odisha government will felicitate the Legends of the Gold Medal winning 1975 World Cup Team ahead of the opening ceremony of the men’s hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar on November 27.
The state government will hand out one-time cash awards to 13 members of the celebrated squad. The amount is yet to be finalised.
According to the reports, the 13 living legends – including Ajit Pal Singh who captained and led the team to victory during the World Cup in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and Ashok Kumar, son of legendary late Major Dhyan Chand – will assemble in Bhubaneswar on November 25 and the Odisha government will hold a state dinner for them on November 26.
On the day of the opening ceremony, the team members will be felicitated at the Kalinga stadium, the venue of the tournament, with a cheque and memento by Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, in the presence of international hockey federation (FIH) president Narinder Batra and other dignitaries. The legends, who have already been informed about the proposed ceremony, will also take a lap of honour of the Kalinga stadium.
Four years back, in May 2014, Hockey India had invited and felicitated the 1975 World Cup winners, awarding each team member with a payment of Rs 175,000.