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  Odisha Governor declares Jr Men Hockey World Cup open
24 Nov 2021

The FIH Mens Junior Hockey World Cup 2021 was declared open by Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal just before the start of the fifth and last pool league match on the opening day between defending champions India and France at the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium today.

Prof Lal also unveiled the coveted trophy at the official opening ceremony, which witnessed the presence of many luminaries including Odisha Sports Minister Tusharkanti Behera, FIH President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam, Secretary General Rajinder Singh, Hockey Promotion Council of Odisha Chairman Dilip Tirkey and Odisha Sports Department Secretary R Vineel Krishna.


The opening ceremony, which saw fireworks lighting up the night sky of Bhubaneswar, also included all 16 captains from the participating teams taking a photo along with the coveted trophy. Earlier in the day, there were exciting matches played out.

While Belgium beat South Africa 5-1 in their first Pool A game, Germany got the better of Pakistan as they defeated them 5-2 in their Pool D match and Canada lost to Poland 0-1 in their first Pool B game.
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TOP: Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal unveils the Junior Men World Cup trophy at the opening ceremony in Bhubaneswar on 24 November 2021.
RIGHT: Captains of all 16 participating teams with Odisha Governor and other luminaries at the opening ceremony in Bhubaneswar on 24 November 2021.


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