The draw for the 2023 FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela is set for September 8. Geneva, Switzerland The FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar – Rourkela draw ceremony will be conducted on September 8 at 12 p.m. IST/ 08 p.m. CEST at the Convention Centre, Lok Sewa Bhawan, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is happy to announce.
On Watch. Hockey, a live stream will be available. The last FIH men’s competition, including 16 competing national teams, will take place from January 13 to January 29, 2023.
The other Asian teams are Malaysia, Japan, and Korea, with India serving as the competition’s hosts. South Africa, the most recent champion of the Africa Cup of Nations, is Africa’s representative. The following European teams have qualified: Wales, England, Belgium, England, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and France. The two American teams already registered for the renowned competition are Argentina and Chile, while the Oceania countries Australia and New Zealand round up the draw.
The draw will be performed by Thierry Weil, CEO of the FIH, and Shri Naveen Patnaik, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, will also be present. Based on the FIH World Rankings as of 1 June 2022, the top four teams—host India, Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands—will be positioned on the first row of their respective Pools.
Row 4 of each Pool, which includes the four teams: South Africa, Wales, Japan, and Chile, will be the first to be drawn. Row 3 of each Pool (including Spain, Malaysia, France, and Korea) will follow, and Row 2 of each Pool will follow that (with Germany, England, Argentina and New Zealand).
The games will be held in the Indian states of Odisha at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar and the brand-new Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
In the previous competition, which took place in 2018, Belgium won the championship by defeating the Netherlands in the final, while Australia finished third. Download the Watch.Hockey app or visit the FIH website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more about the organisation and hockey in general.