It has just been a month or so since the Men’s Hockey World Cup finished and the preparations for the next one are already underway. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has initiated the process for finalizing the hosts for the next quadrennial event.
The FIH is believed to have received intent for hosting from as many as six countries including India. The FIH had laid out a couple of windows for the event and 3 countries each had submitted their bids for the time frame prescribed.
For the time window between 13 January 2013 and 29 January 2023 India has expressed intent for both Men’s and Women’s World Cup where as Trans Tasman neighbours Australia and New Zealand have put forward their bid for Women’s World Cup.
The time window between 1 July 2022 and 17 July 2022 has been bid by Germany for both Men’s & Women’s World Cup, whereas Malaysia and Spain have put forward their bid for Men’s World Cup.
Bidding countries had to specify until the deadline of 31 January 2019 and also their preferred time window, either 1-17 July 2022 or 13-29 January 2023. FIH will now start the evaluation process of the bids and the Executive Board will make the final decision on both hosts in June 2019.
FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “FIH is glad to have received such strong bids. This confirms how appealing our events are. We’re looking forward to two great FIH World Cups, both Men’s and Women’s, and a lot of excitement for players and fans!”
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