We are on the brink of drawing curtains on this year’s iteration of Hockey World Cup. This year’s edition of this quadrennial sporting world tournament is being organised in the Temple City of India, Bhubaneswar. The unbeknownst smart-city and capital of Odisha has left no stone unturned in its primaeval attempt of making this global event a spectacle to behold. And the assiduous organizers have planned to stun the nation with a big surprise and wrap-up this massively hit tourney in style. Paramount Bollywood stars and many cricket legends are likely to attend the closing ceremony of Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup-2018 here on December 16. Let’s get to know the big names who are dubbed to make an appearance at the Kalinga Stadium this Sunday.
Big B Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Shahid Kapoor are among the several Bollywood actors who are speculated to grace the concluding to the ceremony of the premier sporting competition. That, in itself, is an opulent list. But the organisers are relentless in their pursuit of ostentatious status. So they added some more big names to the already jaw-dropping list.
And just like the cherry on top of a cake, several cricket legends including ‘Master Blaster’ – Sachin Tendulkar, ‘The Wall’ – Rahul Dravid and ‘The Prince of Kolkata’ – Sourav Ganguly are also likely to be part of the valedictory event of the mega tournament.
Speaking about their possible attendance, a Sports and Youth Affairs Department representative said, “We have sent across formal requests to a host of Bollywood stars and Indian cricketers for participating in the closing event. Many of them have accorded their consent while the rest are likely to commit by the first week of December.”
The state government has made all its effort to make the mega event a grand success. It had roped in big names of the Hindi film industry like Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit and music maestro A. R. Rahman for the opening ceremonies of the tournament. The Stars were overflowing with compliments for the hospitality meted out to them and were awed at the smooth execution of the mega event. They were all praise for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the organizers as well as the energetic crowd.
After the scintillating and vibrant inaugural ceremony of the Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar and the celebratory event in Cuttack, this crown jewel of Odia organising prowess has not only cemented Odisha and Bhubaneswar’s place in the global map, but it has also shown to the world the competence of the state in organizing events of any scale.
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