Hockey World Cup 2018: Questions raised over two inauguration venues

Bhubaneswar: With Hockey World Cup 2018 being inaugurated at two venues – Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Barabati Stadium, questions are now being raised over selection of two venues for the event.

While the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup was initially scheduled to be held at Kalinga Stadium on November 27, a second inaugural event to be held a day later at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack was announced.

Talks are doing rounds that the move was announced as a damage-control response to the vandalism by fans after they failed to get tickets for the opening ceremony.

Questions have been raised over the move by the Hockey India as sources said there has never been instance of two venues for inauguration in the history of Hockey World Cups.

It is to be noted that besides the inaugural ceremony at Kalinga Stadium, the World Cup Celebrations, a grand event will be showcased at Cuttack Barabati Stadium which will feature musical maestro AR Rahman, Bahubali superstar Prabhas and other famous Bollywood celebrities.

Organizing such a massive event amidst the Bali Yatra could be a huge law and order challenge for Cuttack police and the administration keeping in view of the possibility of huge footfall.

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Police Commissioner, Satyajit Mohanty said “It will be a real test for the police as there will be Bali Jatra festival and around 35,000 visitors for the hockey world cup event will also come to the city.”