Bhubaneswar: The Odisha World Cup Men’s Hockey-2018 opened at the Kalinga Stadium here amid programmes highlighting the achievements of Odisha government and Bollywood glitter, as actors Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit danced, and legendary singer AR Rehman sang promoting hockey.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the mega event highlighted promotion of the game by the State Government.
Bhubaneswar is hosting 16 teams, including team India which the State sponsors, over 19 days.
Heavy security was deployed around the stadium and in the city to avoid any untoward incident.
A total of 16 international teams will participate in the Hockey World Cup. AR Rehman will also perform at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.