In­dia to host men’s Hockey WC in 2023

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LAU­SANNE: In­dia will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive time af­ter the coun­try was picked to host the game’s show­piece event in 2023 by the In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (FIH) in Lau­sanne on Fri­day. The Men’s Hockey World Cup will be held in In­dia from Jan­uary 13 to 29. Spain and the Nether­lands were named as the co-hosts of the 2022 Women’s World Cup sched­uled to be held from July 1 to 22.The venues will be an­nounced by the host na­tions later.

LAU­SANNE: In­dia will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive time af­ter the coun­try was picked to do so in 2023 by the In­ter­na­tional Hockey Fed­er­a­tion (FIH) here on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to FIH, the Men’s Hockey WC will be held in In­dia from Jan­uary 13 to 29. In an­other de­ci­sion made by the Ex­ec­u­tive Board dur­ing FIH’s last meet­ing of the year, Spain and the Nether­lands were named as the co-hosts of the 2022 Women’s World Cup, which is sched­uled to be held from July 1 to 22.

The venues will be an­nounced by the host na­tions at a later date. In­dia will, thus, be­come the first coun­try to stage four men’s WCs af­ter hav­ing hosted the show­piece in 1982 (Mum­bai), 2010 (New Delhi) and 2018 (Bhubaneswa­r). The Nether­lands has hosted three men’s tour­na­ments.

The coun­try will be com­plet­ing 75 years of in­de­pen­dence in 2023 and so Hockey In­dia wanted to host the WC to show­case the growth of the sport in the coun­try. In­dia was among the three na­tions -- Bel­gium and Malaysia the other two -- to have pre­sented bids to host the next edi­tion of the men’s WC.

For the Women’s WC, five coun­tries -- Ger­many, Spain, the Nether­lands, Malaysia and New Zealand -- had pre­sented their bids. The com­pe­ti­tion for­mat of the 2023 WC will be the same as the last edi­tion. Com­ment­ing on the de­vel­op­ment, FIH CEO Thierry Weil said the de­ci­sions were taken keep­ing in mind a cou­ple of fac­tors.

Be­sides the WCs, In­dia had also hosted some of the big­gest events in re­cent times, in­clud­ing the FIH Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in 2014, FIH Ju­nior Men’s WC in 2016, FIH Hockey World League Fi­nal in 2017, FIH Men’s Series Fi­nals in 2019 and the re­cently-con­cluded FIH Hockey Olympic Qual­i­fiers.

“We are all de­lighted to have won the bid. When we had made the bid, we wanted to give our coun­try an­other rea­son to cel­e­brate 75 years of in­de­pen­dence,” said HI Pres­i­dent Mohd Mush­taque Ah­mad. “And what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate than to wit­ness a global event. We have the op­por­tu­nity to use last year’s’ ex­pe­ri­ence to or­gan­ise an even bet­ter WC in 2023.”

The last WC in In­dia had at­tracted a num­ber of fans

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