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Indian hockey players celebrate after the conclusion of a practice match ahead of their match against Australia at FIH Pro League, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

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Indian hockey players celebrate during their match against Belgium in the FIH Pro League at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar. India won the match 2-1.

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Indian hockey players during their match against Belgium in the FIH Pro League at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar. India won the match 2-1.

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Indian players pose for pictures after their victory over Netherlands in the FIH Pro League (Men) 2020 hockey match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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India and Netherland players in action during their match at FIH Pro League (Men) 2020 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar,

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Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team players celebrate after defeating New Zealand by 8-2 at the 9th Sultan of Johor Cup, in Malaysia.

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Indian Junior Women's Hockey team players celebrate after scoring a goal against Australia during the 3-Nations Tournament in Canberra. India finished top of the points table despite suffering their first loss of the competition.

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Hockey Players of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd pose for a group photo with winner's trophy of 123rd All India Beighton Cup Hockey Tournament, in Kolkata. Indian OIl Corporation Ltd beat Punjab National Bank by 2-0 in the finals.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during FIH Olympics qualifyers 2019 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar

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Indian Hockey team captain Manpreet Singh receives a memento from FIH President Narinder Batra after they qualify for upcoming Tokyo Olymic,2020 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Indian Women's Hockey team captain Rani Rampal receives a memento from FIH President Narinder Batra after they qualify for upcoming Tokyo Olymic,2020 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Indian supporters celebrate with national flags,at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Indian Captain Manpreet Singh reacts at the end of match against Russia during FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019(Men),and they qualify for upcoming Tokyo Olympic 2020 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Indian Men's Hockey team poses for group photo after they qualify for upcoming Tokyo Olympic,2020 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Indian Women Hockey team poses for group photo after they qualify for upcoming Tokyo Olympic,2020 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Rupinder Singh (3) of India jubilate with teammates after scoring goal against Russia during FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 (Men), at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Mandeep Singh of India tries to beat a Russian defender to score a goal for his team during FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 (Men), at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Indian Captain Rani Rampal scores a goal against USA during FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 (Women), at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Indian Women's Hockey team celebrate after qualifying for Tokyo Olympic at the end of FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019(Women) against USA, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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Indian Women Hockey team celebrate after they qualify for Tokyo Olympic at the end of FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 (Women) against USA, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Indian players gesture to the crowd after winning their match against Russia during FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 (Men), at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Indian player Mandeep Singh (11) scores a goal for his team against Russia during FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 (Men), at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Navneet Kaur (25) celebrates with her teammates after scoring goal against USA during FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2019 (Women), at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Indian Junior Men's Hockey Team in action against Britain players during their finals of 9th Sultan of Johor Cup, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia

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Members of Indian hockey team who were selected for FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, pose for group photographs in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Manpreet Singh and Rani Rampal, skippers of India's men's and women's hockey teams selected for FIH Hockey Olympics Qualifiers pose for photographs in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Indian hockey team players celebrate their draw against British team during the fifth and last match of their Tour of England, in Marlow, England. India ended the tour with a draw against a relatively stronger Great Britain side, during the five matches as they won one, drew three and lost one match.

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India's Sharmila Devi vies for the ball against British hockey players during the fifth and last match of their Tour of England, in Marlow, England. India ended the tour with a draw against a relatively stronger Great Britain side, during the five matches as they won one, drew three and lost one match.

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Players of Indian and British hockey teams vie for the ball during the third match of their Tour of England, in Marlow, England.

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Mandeep Singh (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Spain in the India-Spain hockey test series match in Antwerp

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Indian men's hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh during a media interaction at Sports Authority of India, in Bengaluru

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Netherlands hold up the trophy on the podium after winning the gold during a women's European Championship field hockey finals match between the Netherlands and Germany at the Wilrijkse Plein, Antwerp, Belgium.

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Indian players celebrate after scoring a goal during the women's hockey match between India and Japan at Olympic Test Event in Tokyo.

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Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju meets the women’s hockey team, which won the FIH Hockey Series finals in Hiroshima, in New Delhi.

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India’s Junior Men's Hockey team member vies for ball during a match against Spain at the 8-Nations U-21 Invitational, in Madrid.

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Mandeep Singh (11) of India being greeted by the teammates after he scored a goal against Uzbekistan during their FIH Men's Series Finals 2019 match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Indian Captain Manpreet Singh(7) scores a goal against Poland during FIH Men's Series Finals 2019, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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India's Simranjeet Singh (R) celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Russia during FIH Men's Series Finals 2019, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Members of the crowd hold the Tricolor as they watch the hockey match between India and Russia of the FIH Men's Series Finals 2019, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Japan players celebrate after their win against Mexico during FIH Men's Series Finals 2019, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Indian Hockey team players during their training session on the eve of FIH Men's Series Finals 2019, at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

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Indian Women hockey players don their new jersey as they pose for a group photo during a practice session ahead of the FIH Women's Series finals, at Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Bengaluru.

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In this November 25, 2018 file photo, provided by Hockey India, Graham Reid is seen. Hockey India on April 08, 2019 announced Reid as new Chief Coach of Indian Men's Hockey Team.

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India's Neha Goyal in action at a match against Spain in the second international hockey match during their tour, in Murcia. Indian women earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw after having lost the opening encounter by a close margin.

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Belgium's Captain Thomas Briels (in red) and Pakistan's Faisal Qadir vie for the ball, at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

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India hockey player Mandeep Singh celebrates after scoring a goal against Pakistan during the Champions Trophy Hockey 2018, in Breda, Netherlands on Saturday, June 23, 2018. India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by a comfortable margin of 4-0 in the opening match.

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Indian and Hong Kong players in action in the men's hockey pool match at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta on Wednesday, August 22 2018. India won the match, 26-0.

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and hockey player Balbir Singh at Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in New Delhi, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. Kumar's upcoming film 'Gold', directed by Reema Kagti, is based on true events about India winning its first Olympic gold medal in hockey as a free nation in 1948.

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Australia players celebrate after scoring a goal against England during bronze medal match at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Australia players celebrate their win in the bronze medal match against England at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Belgium players celebrate with wining trophy during the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Belgium players celebrate after win against Netherlands during Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Belgium players celebrate after winning against Germany during their quarterfinal match, at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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India's Hardik Singh (in blue) and Netherlands' Robbert Kemperman vie for the ball during their quarterfinal match, at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar. India lost 2-1.

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Members of Indian team stand with their coach Harendra Singh, third right, after their loss against Netherlands in the Men's Hockey World Cup quarterfinal match at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. Netherlands won the match 2-1.

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Netherlands players, in orange, celebrate after scoring a goal during the Men's Hockey World Cup quarterfinal match between India and Netherlands at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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Belgium's Aubel Van (in red) and Pakistan's Muhammad Irfan vie for the ball, at the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Indian hockey player Lalit Upadhyay celebrates 2nd goal against Canada during a match of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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India (blue) Amit Rohidas(R) celebrates with teammates his goal against Canada(red) during a match of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Germany (in white) and Malaysian players vie for the ball during their match, at Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Tom Genestet (6) of France in action during the match against Spain at Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Indian hockey player Simranjeet Singh celebrates a goal during a match against Belgium during Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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India (blue) Dilpreet Singh in action during a match against Belgium (red) for Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Argentina's Nicolas Cicileo vies for the ball with Enrique Gonzalez of Spain (red) during their match at Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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New Zealand players celebrate during a match against France in the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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As the captains lined up like toy figures, Shahrukh gave a speech. The Hockey World Cup opening ceremony in Bhu­­ba­neswar could have done without SRK’s childhood connect with the sport, or a tired ‘sattar minute’ dialogue from Chak De India, though most would agree that hockey players are the ‘fiercest artistes’. The ceremony was noted for A.R. Rahman and a replay of his old songs, splendid fireworks and colourful costumes. And yes, Madhuri Dixit. A vision, as always.

Photograph by Sanjib Mukherjee

India's Chinglensana Kangujam (in blue) in action during a match against South Africa for Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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India's Chinglensana Kangujam (in blue) in action during a match against South Africa for Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Music director A R Rehman performs at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, during 2nd inaugural ceremony for Men's Hockey world cup.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitates Bolywood actor Salman Khan at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack during 2nd inaugural ceremony for Men's Hockey world cup. Also seen in the picture is music director A R Rehman.

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The 'Walk of Champions' gallery at the Kalinga Stadium.

Team India Player’s Changing Room at the Kalinga Stadium.

Upgraded Player’s Changing Room at the Kalinga Stadium, venue for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.

Upgraded Player’s Changing Room at the Kalinga Stadium, venue for the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik (C) flanked by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, International Hockey Federation (FIH) chief Narinder Batra and team captains of participating nations during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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A view of the firecrackers display during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Music composer AR Rahman performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Bollywood actor Madhuri Dixit performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan performs during the inaugural ceremony of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018, in Bhubaneswar.

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Team captains join Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for a picture at Mukteshwar Temple, Bhubaneswar ahead of Men's Hockey World Cup 2018.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik interacts with the captains of 16 participating countries in 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup at Mukteswar Temple, in Bhubaneswar.

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CM Naveen Patnaik at the inaguration of the sports litfest

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Murals being painted in Bhubaneswar

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Kalinga stadium lies ready

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during the inauguration ceremony of 'Ekamra Sports Literary Fest 2018' in Bhubaneswar.

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The men’s team, captained by Dhanraj Pil­­lay, won its maiden Asia Cup title when it beat Pakistan 4-2 in Kuala Lum­pur in 2003. India repeated the feat in 2007 and in 2017. They won the Asian Games gold in 1998 and 2014, bes­ides the Champions Challenge in 2001. The women won Asia Cup in 2004 and 2017.

Indian hockey team players pose for a group photo at Biju Patnaik International airport as they leave for Oman for Asian Championship, in Bhubaneswar.

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‘Olly’ holding a hockey stick as the replica of the Cup is displayed

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Children posing with “Olly”

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Sports minister Chandra Sarathi Behera (with the mike) announcing the launch of “Olly” as Revenue minister and local MLA Maheswar Mohanty (in coloured kurta) and others look on

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“Olly” holding a a replica of the Hockey World Cup

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