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  • 06 January, 2023

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Hockey World Cup, 2023

Hockey World Cup, 2023

  • The Odisha Chief minister officially opened Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium, one of Rourkela's largest hockey arenas, in advance of the Men's Hockey World Cup in 2023.
  • From January 13 to January 29 in 2023, Bhubaneswar and Rourkela will host the 15th edition of the Hockey World Cup organized by the International Hockey Federation.

What are the Hockey World Cup's Key Points?

  • It took 13 long years and four editions of the event before it was finally held in the Indian subcontinent for the first time.
  • The event was created jointly by India and Pakistan as the premier standalone competition for hockey outside of the Olympics and was approved by the International Hockey Federation in 1969.
  • Unlike the inaugural edition in 1971, which was originally scheduled for Pakistan before being transferred to Spain because, of political and security concerns, the 1975 edition was originally scheduled for India before being moved to Malaysia owing to administrative complications.
  • The event has been staged every four years since 1982, cutting the Olympic cycle in half. The first editions were contested every two years.
  • Pakistan defeated Spain in 1971 to win the first World Cup.
  • Hockey's final world championship was played in 2018 when Belgium triumphed against the Netherlands to claim victory.

About the International Hockey Federation:

  • The World Cup and other significant international competitions in field hockey are organized by the, which was created in 1924.
  • The company's main office is in Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • The International Olympic Committee recognizes the International Hockey Federation the as the only global supreme regulating body for the game of hockey.

Source: The New India Express


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