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Hockey WC: Odisha CM participates with skippers in photoshoot

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Bhubaneswar: Couple of days ahead of the commencement of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today met captains of all 16 teams of the tournament and participated with them in a photoshoot.

The photo session was held at the Mukteshwar Temple here with Patnaik standing at the middle of the 16 skippers near the World Cup trophy.

The opening ceremony of the sporting event will be held tomorrow at the Kalinga Athletics Stadium here. Music Maestro A.R. Rahman, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and actress Madhuri Dixit are slated to perform at the programme.

The tournament starting from November 28 will witness 16 top teams battle for supremacy in front of hockey-crazy spectators at the iconic Kalinga Stadium.

Host nation India grouped in Pool C will face off against South Africa on 28 November, play Belgium on 2 December followed by their last pool match against Canada on 8 December.