India on Fifth World Cup Hockey, Bombay

A commemorative postage stamp on the 5th World Cup Hockey Championship, Bombay :

879-fifth-world-cup-hockey-bombay-india-stamp-1981Issued by India

Issued on Dec 29, 1981

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Watermark : No

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 100 Paise

Printed at : India Security Press

About : 

  • India and Pakistan jointly initiated the move to have a hockey competition at world level outside the Olympic tournament. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) approved the holding of such games and the World Cup Hockey Tournament thus started from 1971.
  • Pakistan donated a trophy for this competition. The gold and silver trophy comprises a silver cup, carrying an intricate floral design, surmounted by a globe in silver and gold depicting the world, carrying on top of it a ball and hockey stick, perfect in design and symmetry. The current value of the trophy could be in the region of Rs. 20,00,000.
  • Spain hosted the inaugural World Cup Hockey Tournament in Barcelona in 1971. Ten nations qualified for the competition which was spread over ten days (October 15-24). The semi-finals were played in Tarrasa, the birth place of Spanish Hockey. Pakistan emerged as the champions with a one-nil victory over Spain, who beat them 3-2 in a pool match. India won the bronze medal.
  • The Second World Cup was held in Amsterdam from August 24 to September 2, 1973. Hosts Holland prevailed over two-up India in the tie-breaker of an exciting final. West Germany beat Pakistan by a solitary goal to finish third.

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