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India will open their campaignagainst Belgium in the men's Rabobank Hockey World Cup to beheld at The Hague, Netherlands from May 31 to June 15.According to the competition schedule announced by theInternational Hockey Federation (FIH) today, India are placedin a tough Pool A and will face Belgium on May 31, followed bymatches against England (June 2), Spain (June 5), Malaysia(June 7) and reigning world champions Australia (June 9).It will only be the second time that both the men's andwomen's World Cups will be held at the same time and at thesame location.The tournament, consisting of 76 matches, will see sixgames take place a day in the pool phase running until June10, and reducing to four during the knock-out phases.The semifinals of the men's competition are scheduled forJune 13 at the Kyocera Stadium. The women's final will be heldon June 14 followed by the men's on June 15."Today is a very exciting day for hockey. After afantastic Hockey World League Final in Delhi, we are here inHolland, a massive hockey nation to announce the schedule ofthe Rabobank Hockey World Cup," FIH CEO Kelly Fairweathersaid."With 120 days to go, the tournament really starts tocome alive. Hockey fans all over the world can plan theirdiaries whilst players and coaches focus their minds. ThisWorld Cup promises to be our biggest yet," he added.PTI

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