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Government of Odisha and Hockey India are jointly hosting the Men`s Hockey World League Finals at Kalinga Stadium Hockey Complex in Bhubaneswar from December 1 to 10, 2017. This is the second major international hockey event in Bhubaneswar, the first being the 35th Men’s Championship Trophy, which was staged from Dec 6 to 14, 2014. Top eight nations, including defending champions Australia, Olympic gold medallist Argentina and host India are participating in the World League Finals, which would feature a total of 22 matches. Here are some interesting photos of the HWL-2017.
A group of tribal drummers from Gujarat were a special attraction as they entertained the audience with their enthusiastic performance.
Cheer girls were another addition to glitz and glamour of the competition as six of them danced to the tune of popular Hindi numbers before start of matches and during intervals.
Odisha international Dipsan Tirkey receives the Junior Player of the Match for his impressive performance in India’s opening Pool B match against Australia on Dec 1, 2017.
Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb watching Hockey World League match with Maharani in Kalinga Stadium on December 4, 2017.
Laser show and dance items made the opening ceremony of the Men’s Hockey World League Finals a spectacular show on December 1, 2017.
Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore watching the bronze-medal match between India and Germany at Kalinga Stadium on Dec 10, 2017.
Olly, the Olive Ridley sea turtle, which was made the mascot of all international sports events in Odisha, appears in hockey form for the Men’s World League 2017.
Odhis Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik poses with mascot Olly at the opening ceremony of the the Men’s World League 2017 in Bhubaneswar.
Huge amount was spent, decorating Kalinga Stadium with hoardings, banners, welcome gates and lights for Hockey World League. Hoardings featured star players of different teams and hashtag of the competition.
Germany captain Martin Haner poses with the memento he received for making his 200th international appearance in the match against Australia on Dec 1, 2017.
Spain umpire Eduardo Lizana (L) shows his memento _ a golden whistle _ he received in Bhubaneswar on Dec 1, 2017 for completing his 100th international matches earlier this year in Glasgow, Scotland.
India captain Manpreet Singh displays the memento he received for making his 200th international appearance in the match against Australia on Dec 1, 2017.
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