The New Zealand hockey team are in India for the ongoing 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. The black sticks are placed alongside Argentina, Spain and France in Group A. New Zeland won their first game against France and are currently in the second position on the points table.
While the tournament is just in its initial stage, the New Zealand players were spotted with a very unique thing on their face i.e each of them had kept a moustache. While it may look normal for a person to sport such kind of look, but the team has done it as they have started a movement to raise awareness about men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and suicide, among others.
The players have decided to shave off their bristles only on December 1, and termed it as, “Movember”, which is a combination of the words ‘moustache’ and ‘November’. Speaking to Hindustan Times midfielder Jared Panchia, said, they unanimously decided to support the cause by growing moustaches but will shave them off on the first day December.
“Yeah, we decided to grow our moustaches to support the Movember movement. Each one of us has kept a moustache for the month of November,”. “It’s for a noble cause, so we did not think twice. It’s quite popular in New Zealand and people keep moustaches of weird shapes and sizes but we are keeping just normal ones,” he added.
New Zealand will next face Argentina on Monday for their second group game.