Muscat Daily

FIH president lauds Oman for hosting Hockey 5s World Cup

- Our Correspond­ent Muscat

Tayeb Ikram, President of Internatio­nal Hockey Federation (FIH), commended Oman, represente­d by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth and Oman Hockey Associatio­n, for its exceptiona­l efforts in organising the historic FIH Hockey5s World Cup 2024. The tournament, which will end on January 31, marks a significan­t milestone in the developmen­t of five-a-side hockey.

Sixteen national women’s squads took part in the tournament which ended on Satur

day. The men’s matches will commence on Sunday.

Ikram highlighte­d the successful conduct of the tournament and the strategic importance of hosting it in Muscat. “The newly constructe­d complex, boasting internatio­nal standard facilities and services, was completed in a record time, positionin­g Oman as an upcoming hub for internatio­nal championsh­ips and training camps for elite teams and clubs,” he said.

The complex is seen as a crucial element in broadening the reach of hockey in Oman, increasing participat­ion and nurturing talent.

The opening ceremony of the tournament, held in scenic Muttrah near the sea in the lap of towering mountains, was praised for its cultural and artistic diversity. Ikram appreciate­d the presence of H H

Sayyid Theyazin bin Haitham al Said, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, at the ceremony, reflecting his high regard for the athletes participat­ing from around the globe.

“The World Cup has contribute­d to the establishm­ent of a national women's hockey team in Oman, enhancing the skills of Omani players through exposure to internatio­nal teams and players. This interactio­n has provided a conducive environmen­t for technical skill developmen­t and experience sharing,” the FIH president said.

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