Hockey World Cup 2023: Venue, Winner list, Pools, GK Facts & More [PDF]

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The FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 begins in India. A total of 16 teams participated in the international event this year. It will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the 20,000-seater Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, India from 13 to 29 January 2023.

It is an integral part of sports current affairs 2024, here is a detailed note on FIH Hockey World Cup 2023, check it out.

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Hockey World Cup 2023: Edition, Date, Schedule, and Host

Hockey World Cup 2023 Edition

▪ The 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup will be the 15th edition of the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup.

Hockey World Cup 2023 Governing Body

▪ The Men’s International Hockey Championship is organized every 4-years by the International Hockey Federation.

▪ The International Hockey Federation is the international governing body of field hockey and indoor field hockey.

▪ The International Hockey Federation, commonly known by the acronym FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey).

Hockey World Cup 2023 Schedule

▪ Hockey World Cup 2023 will be held in India from January 13 to 29, 2023.

Hockey World Cup 2023 Host

India to host the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup.
▪ This year the event is organized in two cities of Odisha namely Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

▪ Overall, India will host the tournament for the fourth time after successfully recalling the event in 1982 (Mumbai), 2010 (New Delhi), and 2018 (Odisha).

Hockey World Cup 2023 Stadium

▪ The 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup is being held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the newly constructed Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.

💢 About Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium

▪ India's Biggest Hockey Stadium
▪ Total Capacity: 21,000
▪ Location: Rourkela, Odisha
▪ Construction cost: ₹260 Crore ($31 million)
▪ Inaugurated by: CM of Odisha Naveen Patnik
▪ It is the largest all-seater field hockey stadium in the world.

Next Hockey World Cup Venue

• The 2026 Men’s Hockey World Cup will be held in Wavre (Belgium) & Amstelveen (Netherlands).

The Mascot of Hockey World Cup 2023

Olly is the official mascot of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023.

▪ ‘Olly’ is the endangered Olive Ridley turtle found along the Odisha coast, particularly in the Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, the mouth of the Rushikulya, and the Devi River.

▪ It encourages fair play and sportsmanship and wins hearts with its warmth, fun, and exuberant gestures during international events in the state.

▪ The mascot ‘Olly’ was unveiled by Odisha in 2017. Later that year, the Odisha government announced ‘Olly’ as the permanent mascot for both national and international sports competitions held in the state.

Hockey World Cup 2023 Opening Ceremony

▪ The Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 kicked off with a grand opening ceremony at Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium.

▪ The event kicked off with energetic performances by top stars like Ranveer Singh and Disha Patani, singers like Neeti Mohan, and even the K-pop band Blackswan.

▪ Official Anthem of FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023: “Hockey Hai Dil Mera” was performed live by the composer Pritam and 11 other singers.

Hockey World Cup 2023 inauguration

▪ Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Hockey World Cup 2023 in the presence of Union Minister Anurag Singh Tagore and other ministers at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

▪ A book titled “Odisha Re Hockey” (Hockey in Odisha) was released by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during the inauguration of the 2023 Hockey World Cup.

▪ The book discusses the history of Sundargarh hockey and Odisha’s role in promoting India’s national game.

Odisha Govt. initiatives for the event

▪ Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the World Cup Village at Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium Complex.

▪ He announced a prize of Rs 1 crore for every player of the Indian hockey team if they win the 2023 Hockey World Cup.

▪ Chief Minister of Odisha also, inaugurated the “MO Bus” (My Bus) service in Rourkela with 30 vehicles to ensure hassle-free movement during the Hockey World Cup 2023.

Hockey World Cup 2023 Teams

▪ A total of 16 teams will compete in the tournament, including the hosts, India.

▪ These 16 teams are:

  1. Argentina
  2. Australia
  3. Belgium (Defending Champions 2018)
  4. Chile
  5. England
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. India (Host Country)
  9. Japan
  10. Korea
  11. Malaysia
  12. Netherlands (Runner-up 2018)
  13. New Zealand
  14. South Africa
  15. Spain
  16. Wales

Hockey World Cup 2023 Groups

▪ Pool A: Australia, Argentina, France, South Africa

▪ Pool B: Belgium, Germany, Korea, Japan

▪ Pool C: Netherlands, New Zealand, Malaysia, Chile

▪ Pool D: India, England, Spain, Wales

Hockey World Cup GK Facts

▪ The first Men’s Hockey World Cup Tournament was started in 1971.

▪ The 1971 Hockey Men’s World Cup was won by Pakistan.

 Pakistan is the most successful team, having won the tournament four times. (1917, 1978, 1982, 1994)

India won its first-ever Men’s Hockey World Cup title in 1975.  

▪ Belgium and India have both won the tournament once.

▪ Previous Winners of Men’s Hockey World Cup: Belgium (2018) & Australia (2014 and 2010)

Germany Claims the Top Spot in FIH Rankings, India Ranks Sixth.

▪ Popular sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik created the world’s largest (105-feet) hockey stick using 5000 hockey balls and five tons of sand, as Odisha hosts the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023.

▪ Indian Men’s Hockey team won its first Olympic gold medal in 1928.

Men’s Hockey World Cup Winners list

Sl. NoYearHostWinner
11971Barcelona, SpainPakistan
31975Kuala LumpurIndia
41978Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPakistan
51982Bombay, IndiaPakistan
61986London, EnglandAustralia
71990Lahore, PakistanNetherlands
81994Sydney, AustraliaPakistan
91998Utrecht, NetherlandsNetherlands
102002Kuala Lumpur, MalayasiaGermany
112006Mönchengladbach, GermanyGermany
122010New Delhi, IndiaAustralia
132014The Hague, NetherlandsBelgium
142018Bhubaneswar, IndiaBelgium
152023Bhubaneswar & Rourkela, IndiaGermany
162026Wavre, Belgium & Amstelveen, NetherlandsTBD

Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 in a Nutshell

1Dates13-29 January
2Host CountryIndia
3Host StateOdisha
4Host CitiesBhubaneswar and Rourkela
5Venue(s)Kalinga Sradium & Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium
6Teams16 (from 5 Confederations)
9Third PlaceNetherlands
10Goals scored249
10Top scorer(s)Australia ‘s Jeremy Hayward (9 goals)
11Best playerNiklas Wellen (Germany)
12Best young playerMustapha Cassiem (South Africa )
13Best goalkeeperVincent Vanasch (Belgium)
14Next Hockey World Cup2026
15Next Hockey World Cup HostWavre (Begium) & Amstelveen (Netherlands)
16Previous WinnersBelgium (2018) & Australia (2014 and 2010)
17India’s previous Hockey World Cup title1975 (First title)
18Most successful teamsPakistan (4 titles: 1917, 1978, 1982, 1994)
19Official Anthem“Hockey Hai Dil Mera”
20Opening CeremonyCuttack’s Barabati Stadium.
21Indian Host StateIndia hosts 4 times
2018 – Odisha
2023 – Odisha
1982 – Bombay
2010 – New Delhi

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. Who will host the 2023 Hockey World Cup?

Answer: Odisha, India

Q2. Which channel will telecast the Hockey World Cup 2023?

Answer: Star Sports First, Star Sports Select 2, Star Sports Select 2 HD TV channels, and Disney + Hotstar.

Q3. Which country won the hockey World Cup most?

Answer: Pakistan (4 times)

Q4. Who is the current hockey World Cup champion?

Answer: Belgium (2018)

Q5. When did India last win the Hockey World Cup?

Answer: 1975 (1st ever title)

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