Berlin gets the In­door World Cup in 2018

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BERLIN has been cho­sen to host the Hockey In­door World Cup in 2018.

The world’s top 24 (12 men’s and 12 women’s) na­tional in­door teams will take part in the event, staged in the 7,500-seat Max-Sch­mel­ing-Halle in the Ger­man cap­i­tal from Fe­bru­ary 7-11.

This will be the third time Ger­many have been cho­sen to host the Hockey In­door World Cup by the In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (FIH), fol­low­ing hugely suc­cess­ful events in 2003 and 2015 in Leipzig.

FIH pres­i­dent Dr Narinder Ba­tra said: “We are de­lighted to con­firm Ger­many as host of the fifth edi­tion of the Hockey In­door World Cup.

“Ger­many is con­sid­ered a tra­di­tional hockey na­tion which has earned great suc­cess over the years. How­ever, their pas­sion for in­door hockey is renowned which proved key in the de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.”

Wolf­gang Hill­mann, pres­i­dent of the Ger­man Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “When the FIH asked if we were in­ter­ested in host­ing the event, we ac­knowl­edged that in­door hockey is a dis­ci­pline tra­di­tion­ally as­so­ci­ated with our na­tion, so a ma­jor event like this, with such a pow­er­ful ra­di­ance, fits per­fectly.”

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