Hockey World Cup trophy unveiled in Ludhiana

LUDHIANA: The Hockey World Cup trophy 2010 was unveiled in India''s northern Ludhiana city on Friday.

The programme was part of the tour organised by Hero Honda, sponsors of Hockey World Cup 2010, for the promotion of Hockey World Cup tournament, to begin on 28 February 2010.

The trophy was brought to Ludhiana from New Delhi. After displaying the trophy in Ludhiana, it will be taken to the other parts of the country.

Hockey fans were eager to see the World Cup trophy of the National game of India- Hockey.

"The trophy reminded me if 1958, when I used to play. I feel like a 25- year- old, I wish and I am confident that India (will) reach the finals," said, Awatar Singh, a former hockey player.

The trophy was displayed in the streets of Ludhiana, the city known for its craze for hockey.

"I feel the thing (trophy), we saw on television is in front of me. I''m proud that Hero Honda is sponsoring the tournament. After looking at the trophy, I feel India will definitely win the World Cup," said Deepak Shrivastav, a local.

The Bashir Moojid of Pakistan army designed the Hockey World Cup trophy.

The trophy consists of a silver cup with an intricate floral design, surmounted by a globe of the world in silver and gold, placed on a high blade base inlaid with ivory. At its peak is a model hockey stick and ball.