India shall be internet hosting Spain within the new season of FIH Professional League subsequent month and captain Manpreet Singh needs to make use of the chance to get a greater understanding of their rivals forward of the 2023 males’s hockey World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.
India will play New Zealand within the first match of Professional League on October 28 on the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, adopted by the second sport in opposition to Spain on October 30.
Positioned in the identical pool, India will tackle Spain of their World Cup opener on the newly-built Birsa Munda Worldwide Stadium in Rourkela on January 13.
“It’s nice that we are going to get an opportunity to play in opposition to Spain now within the Professional League matches. It is going to give us an understanding of their sport and what we have to enhance upon earlier than we meet them once more within the first match of the FIH Odisha Hockey Males’s World Cup Bhubaneswar-Rourkela 2023,” Manpreet mentioned in a Hockey India launch.
“In all, these are thrilling occasions for hockey and I hope followers from all around the world will come to Rourkela and Bhubaneswar to help our marketing campaign.” Within the World Cup, Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists India, who’re at the moment world No. 5 within the FIH rankings, are clubbed alongside England (6), Spain (8) and debutants Wales (16) in pool D.
After Spain, India will play their second match in Rourkela, in opposition to England on January 15, earlier than transferring to the capital metropolis of Bhubaneswar, the place they are going to face Wales of their closing group match on January 19.
The match in opposition to Spain within the World Cup would be the Indian staff’s first outing on the newly-built Rourkela stadium, touted to develop into the world’s largest hockey venue.
“We have now all skilled how electrifying the ambiance could be in Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Hockey Stadium and from what I’ve heard from my teammates who’re from Sundergarh, the followers from this area are all seeking to flip up in enormous numbers for all of the matches to be performed in Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela,” Manpreet mentioned.
“I can already really feel the goosebumps considering of the turnout for the opening sport. It is going to be fairly unbelievable to play within the newly constructed Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium which would be the largest stadium within the nation with greater than 20,000 seating capability,” he added.
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