Pakistan to take on Belgium in Opening Match of Champions Trophy
Pakistan to take on Belgium in Opening Match of Champions Trophy starting today in Bhubaneshwar. Champions Trophy is eight-nation invitation tournament, regarded as the third biggest prize in the sport after the Olympics and the World Cup
Pool A will consist of 2014 World Cup and defending champions, Australia; Commonwealth Games bronze medallists, England; Euro nations silver medallists, Belgium and current Asian Games Champions, Pakistan. While in Pool B, hosts India, will face World Cup 2014 bronze medallists, Argentina; World Cup 2014 runners-up, the Netherlands and 2012 Olympic gold medallists, Germany.
The opening day of the tournament (Saturday 6 December) will feature all eight teams taking to the field on India’s first newly built Olympic standard pink and blue hockey pitch in the Kalinga Stadium. The 5,000 seater stadium also serves as the home ground for Hero Hockey India League franchise, Kalinga Lancers.