The Hockey World Cup trophy travelled through Assam’s largest city Guwahati as part of its nationwide tour which had started and will culminate in Odisha, the host state for the tournament, an official release said.
The trophy arrived in Guwahati from Manipur capital Imphal on Thursday and was displayed throughout the city during the day, it added.
The Member Secretary, State Level Advisory Committee for Students and Youth Welfare, Assam, Gitartha Goswami, along with Tapan Kumar Das, General Secretary of Assam Hockey, escorted the trophy.
Assam Police Commandos guarded the gold and platinum trophy and were greeted by Gayan-Bayan’ (performance of Vashnavite Sattriya tradition) at the airport.
More than 1000 bikers and hundreds of vehicles escorted the trophy.
As it passed through Gauhati University, students of the varsity as well as faculty members took out a procession.
The convoy later moved towards the Hockey stadium in Bhetapara area of the city, where players and officials welcomed the trophy.
#HWC2023 Trophy: Goodbye Guwahati, Assam, it was a pleasure touring around the city.#HockeyIndia #Indiakagame #HockeyTrophyTour #FutureHockeyStars @CMO_Odisha @sports_odisha @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @FIH_Hockey @RJPahiGuwahati pic.twitter.com/LKlt9vMyEa— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 8, 2022
It also had a stopover at a gurudwara in Basistha area.
A formal welcome by the state government was accorded at Ganesh Mandir Indoor Stadium, with Assam ministers Jogen Mohan and Nandita Garlosa and Arunachal Pradesh minister Mama Natung attending the programme.
The trophy was handed to the Jharkhand Hockey authorities at the premises of the Kamakhya temple later in the evening for its onward journey to the eastern state.
Odisha is hosting the Men’s FIH Hockey World Cup from January 13 to 29, 2023. The 21-day tour of the trophy covering 13 states and one union territory had started from the host state, where it will also end, on December five.
Read all the Latest Sports News here(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed)