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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.

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

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‘Olly’ returning to the shore after the joy ride on motor boat

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‘Olly’ returning to the shore after the joy ride on motor boat

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‘Olly’ riding the sea waves on a motor boat during the launch

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‘Olly’ was launched by the Sports and Youth Services department of Odisha government, was launched at the Puri beach on Tuesday.

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President Ram Nath Kovind presents Arjuna Award to hockey player Manpreet Singh at the National Sports and Adventure Award 2018 function at Rashtrapti Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Indian women hockey captin Rani Rampal at I G Airport in New Delhi.

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Bronze medalist India poses during ceremonies at the men's hockey at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian players waves to the crowd after losing to Japan by 1-2, in the women's hockey final match at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Silver medal winning Indian women's hockey team celebrates during the medal ceremony at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Silver medal winning Indian women's hockey team celebrates after the medal ceremony at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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India's Gurjit Kaur with teammates celebrates after scoring a goal against China in their semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. India won 1-0.

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Indian women's hockey team celebrates after defeating China in the semifinal match at the 18th Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Indian captain and goalkeeper Sreejesh saves a goal during men's hockey semifinal match against Malaysia at the 18th Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Naveen presenting a cash award of Rs. 5 lakhs to outstanding Sports Person of the Year Md. Jafar Iqbal, a member of the Indian Blind Cricket team which won the Blind Cricket World Cup Tournament 2018 held at Pakistan and UAE.

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Former captain of the Indian Hockey team Dillip Tirkey (left), state sports minister Chandra Sarathi Behera and CEO of Hockey India Elena Norman (right) at the ceremony.

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Naveen signing on the wish board for the Men’s Hockey World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018

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Naveen Patnaik Unveiling the Countdown Clock 90-Days ahead of the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar

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Naveen presenting the Biju Patnaik Bravery Award 2017 along with a cash award of Rs 1 lakh to Mamata Dalai (7) from Kendrapara, who rescued her cousin sister Asanti Dalai from the clutches of a crocodile in their village pond.

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Naveen Patnaik Unveiling the Countdown Clock 90-Days ahead of the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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Odisha Chief minister Naveen Patnaik launching the campaign ‘MY HEART BEATS FOR HOCKEY’ 90 days ahead of Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2018 at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on the occasion of National Sports Day.

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launches a campaign for the upcoming Hockey Men’s World cup 2018 on the occasion of National Sports Day, in Bhubaneswar.

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Indian players celebrate after scoring a goal against Thailand during the women's hockey pool match at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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Indian men's kabaddi team at presentation ceremony after India's won bronze medal, at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta

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Indian women's kabaddi team pose with their silver medal after the presentation ceremony, at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta

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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. India won the match, 26-0.

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India and Kazakhstan hockey players in action during the pool match at the Asian Games 2018, in Jakarta.

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They dared to keep him out of the team to blood young talent, but can Indian hockey afford to lose a once-in-a-generation midfielder whose rapier passes and thro­ugh balls have repeatedly opened up opp­­­o­­nents’ defences like a can of soup? Nope, so Sardar Singh, former captain, is back in business, aiming for a top spot at the Asiad. Going by the way the Indian team has performed of late, we are inclined to share his hope.

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Bani with Grahnandan Singh

Grahnandan Singh taking a shot in London, 1948

The Indian hockey team that won Olympic gold in 1948

Indian Hockey team plays football during a practice session ahead of Asian Games 2018, in Bengaluru.

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India's players line up for a penalty corner during the Women's Hockey World Cup quarterfinal match between India and Ireland at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London.

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India's Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas and New Zealand's George Muir vie for the ball during third match of three test match series at Sports Authority of India, in Bengaluru. India won the third match by 4-0 and series by 3-0 in 3 test match.

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India's Mandeep Singh and New Zealand's Marcus Child vie for the ball during third match of three test match series at Sports Authority of India, in Bengaluru.

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New Zealand's goalkeeper George Enersen saves the hit by India's Vivek Prasad (unseen) during the third match of three test match series at Sports Authority of India, in Bengaluru. India won the third match by 4-0 and series by 3-0 in 3 test match.

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India's Vivek Prasad and New Zealand player vies for the ball during the first match of the three test match series at Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru.

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India's Rupinder Singh with team mates celebrates after scoring a goal during the first match of the three test match series against New Zealand at Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru. India won the first match by 4-2 and take the lead by 1-0 in 3 test match series.

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