Bhubaneshwar, Jan 18: Tthe capital city of the state of Odisha, is all set to host the opening match of the 4th Coal India Hockey India League today, between the home favourites Kalinga Lancers and Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
The six team annual franchise based hockey league, the flagship event of Hockey India - the apex body governing the sport in the country and sanctioned by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) is scheduled to be played across six venues in India from 18th January - 21st February 2016.
Uttar Pradesh Wizards, led by star drag flicker VR Raghunath will take on hosts Kalinga Lancers led by Star German midfielder Moritz Fuerste in the opening match today at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar.
Both the teams have been training hard to ensure the best results. Kalinga Lancers, under the coaching of star Australian Mark Hager have been putting in extra efforts to give a lot to rejoice for the local audience. The ex-Olympian is lending his services as a coach for the first time in the Coal India Hockey India League. The team has been playing practice matches against local teams and all the players seem to be in great comfort playing with each other.