Jan 14 2013, 9:20am CST | by Luigi Lugmayr
New Delhi, Jan 14 — The inaugural Hockey India League (HIL), aimed at improving the state of the nation's national game, began with a dazzling opening ceremony here Monday. However, the event at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium failed to attract a sizeable crowd in spite of the entrry being gratis.
A light and sound show started the action-packed ceremony and was followed by an enthralling dance performance from a Ukrainian couple.
The captains of the five franchises then took the oath to play in the spirit of the game.
Next up was the HIL anthem composed by lyricist Prasoon Joshi, music director Aadesh Srivastava and singer Sukhwindra Singh.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley (BJP), IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla (Congress) and former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu were also part of the ceremony.
The loudest roar came shortly after the ceremony and that was reserved for Sidhu, who Monday was named HIL's brand ambassador.
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