**Bhubaneswar:** Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik unveiled the replica of 2018 Hockey Men’s World Cup (trophy) at the State Secretariat on Tuesday. The Hockey World Cup will be held at the Kalinga Stadium Sports Complex here from November 28 to December 16.
The Odisha CM also had a photo opportunity with the trophy after a ceremonial launch. It may be noted that the Hockey fever has gripped the Capital city and the frenzy is visible everywhere.
In the run-up to the Mens Hockey World Cup, the State government has launched build-up campaign in 17 cities. The campaign will be organised in Rourkela, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar and other important cities and hockey playing states.
A number of internationally-acclaimed sports celebrities will take part in promotion of the mega sporting event in the Temple City. Hockey holds vital importance for Odisha as it is the pioneer among States to sponsor National Hockey Teams (both Men and Women) of India.
Earlier, a nation-wide publicity campaign, ‘Heartbeats for Hockey’, was launched to showcase Bhubaneswar as a sporting venue and Odisha as a tourist destination. Advertisements were put up on buses in London with the tagline of ‘Odisha by Morning, Hockey by Evening.’