**Bhubaneswar:** Odisha’s affection and flair for Hockey is dynastic and the countdown for the biggest sporting extravaganza has already started to tick. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik promoted the Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, on popular quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ on Sony TV.
“In Odisha hockey is the most popular sport. It is very popular, particularly in our tribal areas. You see, the children by the time they learn to walk, they go on to playing hockey. We are looking forward to welcoming the Indian hockey team in Bhubaneswar and see that they are victorious,” said Naveen in a 50-second promotional video aired by KBC’s broadcaster Sony TV.
KBC host, Amitabh Bachchan will welcome the Indian Hockey team on KBC’s Karmveer episode to be aired on Friday. The actor shared a picture with the players on his Twitter handle, writing, “T 2942 – Honouring the Indian Hockey Team on KBC Karmveer episode .. their dedication, their effort for the country is beyond compare”
Hockey team captain PR Sreejesh, Arjuna Awardee Manpreet Singh, along with a couple of other players will be seen on KBC.
Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 will commence from November 28 and continue till December 16 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
A total of sixteen nations will be participating in the tournament wherein each team will play three matches during the league stage. Four cross-over matches will be played on 10th and 11th December 2018.