The FIH Earthquake Benefit Match was launched at a press conference in Chennai on Sunday night.
More than 40 media representatives from
India Cements have signed on as a sponsor of the match along with Rabobank, one of the FIH Global Partners.
A welcome message from FIH Els van Breda Vriesman was read out and details provided about the match. The message from the FIH president is below.
The benefit will be played at 18:30 between an India-Pakistan XI and a WorldHockey XI this Thursday, 8 December.
Teams will be named on Thursday morning once all teams have arrived in Chennai.
Welcome message from FIH President
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is grateful to have an opportunity to organise this benefit match to aid those affected by the earthquake that struck
The global hockey community has felt the pain of this terrible tragedy and this is FIH’s way of helping two of our most important member nations. We are confident the ‘hockey family’ will join FIH and the Indian Hockey Confederation in an act of solidarity.
The International Olympic Committee and the United Nations has provided its support, and match will receive live television coverage across Asia and
A special bank account has also been established to accept donations of any size.
With the world’s best players available to participate, the match will be of the highest quality and one which the people of Chennai will appreciate. The composition of the India-Pakistan XI and the WorldHockey XI teams will be named closer to the match.
Hockey has always been an expression of
I look forward to seeing you at the match.
Els van Breda Vriesman
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