15th edition of FIH World Cup, which has now completed more than 50 years in existence. All set to launch in Odisha on 13th January. In this, 16 countries are ready to capture the trophy. The 2023 edition of the tournament will be the first time that a country has hosted the World Cup for two consecutive editions. However, unlike in 2018, the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar will not be the only venue. The brand new Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela will play host to the upcoming World Cup.
The former Netherlands international said, I think if India can withstand huge pressure and if the players dont get too excited, then they have a good chance to win. India has good strikers and goalkeepers. So they have a good chance to win the tournament.
If the Indian team keeps their focus, they are one of the biggest contenders along with Australia, Bram Lomans said. The Netherlands also always plays well. He has improved a lot in the last few tournaments. So I expect him to do well. You also have Belgium, Argentina and England doing pretty well. So, there are at least six-seven teams that can be on top. This tournament will be very interesting.
Indias performance in history, Indias hockey team participated in the Olympic Games for the first time in the year 1928, where the Indian hockey team started with Gold. After this, the Indian hockey team continued to shine in the Olympics and continued to win gold in the next 5 Olympics which were held in the years 1932, 1936, 1948, 1952, and 1956.
The Indian hockey team is the most successful team in the Olympic Games. The Olympics of the year 1940 and 1944 could not be organized due to the Second World War.
The years 1928 to 1956 are called the golden period of Indian hockey. After this, he won the silver medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics, and once again India was successful in winning gold in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. And after this, he won the bronze medal in the next two Olympics in 1968 and 1972.
The Indian Olympic Federation was established in the year 1925, it was the largest organization of hockey in India. But it was closed in the year 2008. And now since the year 2008, both mens and womens hockey team in India is governed by Hockey India, which is a government body. And it comes under the Sports Ministry of India.
Currently, Graham Reid is the coach of the Indian team, and Manpreet Singh is the captain of the Indian mens hockey team. The Indian hockey team became the first team, other than countries in Europe, to be part of the International Hockey Federation.