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Pakistan, South Africa and Korea Teams Arrive in Bhubaneswar

The Pakistan staff arrived right here on Saturday for the upcoming FIH Junior World Cup and was accorded a heat welcome by Hockey India.

The staff from throughout the border missed the 2016 version of the event in Lucknow owing to points associated to visa.

“Stills from the airport as we welcome the Pakistani contingent to Bhubaneswar for the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2021,” Hockey India stated in tweet.

Hours earlier than that, the South African and Korean groups too landed within the metropolis.

Grouped in Pool A, together with Belgium, Chile, and Malaysia, South Africa are in for a difficult begin within the group stage.

“It’s been a interval of adverse two years as a result of pandemic with plenty of coaching and preparations getting disrupted. But we have now ready the most effective we will again at house. So, no excuses, each staff has confronted related challenges, and we’re able to go,” stated Sihle Ntuli, South Africa head coach.

The event is scheduled to be held right here from 24 November to five December.

Excited to compete on the iconic Kalinga Stadium, Ntuli stated, “I imagine it’s the greatest stadium on the planet and I’m very joyful for my gamers getting the chance to play on the stadium. We are very excited.”

Korea additionally arrived on Saturday afternoon, and the staff captain Soung Min Bae talked about their preparations for the event.

“We ready for the World Cup in Donghae, in Korea. We held a nationwide camp the place we needed to play at the least 10 matches, which has made our staff stronger.

“Our gamers shouldn’t have a lot expertise of enjoying in such an enormous stadium, similar to most gamers from all groups, however we’re assured we are going to get higher because the event progresses,” he stated.

South Africa will face off in opposition to Belgium within the first recreation of the event on 24 November, whereas Korea, who’re positioned in Group C together with the Netherlands, Spain, and the USA, will tackle the Dutch staff of their first recreation of the competitors on 25 November.

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