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Hockey: India to host 2018 Men’s World Cup, England to stage women’s

FIH Chief Executive Officer Kelly Fairweather (centre) with World Cup bid-winning CEOs Sally Munday of England Hockey (left) and Elena Norman of Hockey India (right). Photo: FIH.

FIH Chief Executive Officer Kelly Fairweather (centre) with World Cup bid-winning CEOs Sally Munday of England Hockey (left) and Elena Norman of Hockey India (right). Photo: FIH.

November 8, 2013: India has won the bid to host the men’s Hockey World Cup in 2018, while England will stage the women’s event. Leandro Negre, President of the FIH (International Hockey Federation) made the announcements at a special ceremony at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland on Thursday evening.

 

“I wish to offer my sincere congratulations to England Hockey and Hockey India on their successful bids to host the Hockey World Cups 2018. The quality of both bids was truly extraordinary and the FIH is greatly looking forward to bringing its top properties to England and India,” Negre said.

 

“I would also like to congratulate all of the National Associations that submitted bids for these events. The standard was exceptionally high, making the decision extremely hard for the FIH Executive Board.”

 

Kelly Fairweather, CEO of the FIH, added: “The decision certainly was not an easy one to make. All of the bids we received were exceptional, being completely in line with our strategy to deliver the most entertaining, exciting and inspiring hockey events in the world.

 

“The FIH Executive Board were hugely impressed by the bids from England Hockey and Hockey India, and are convinced that both National Associations will deliver absolutely magnificent tournaments.”

 

Along with the Olympic Games, the World Cups are hockey’s most coveted events and are also held every four years. The Men’s and Women’s Hockey World Cups in 2018 will each feature an increased 16-nation field.

 

Next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup, which takes place in The Hague, Netherlands, during the first two weeks of June, will see 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams competing in a mammoth double event.

 

As part of the bidding process for 2018, the FIH requested that bid questionnaires were submitted before a deadline of August 31.

 

The second phase saw each bid evaluated in detail, as well as further discussions, clarifications, site visits and negotiations taking place with the respective National Associations. The FIH Executive Board made the final decision in Lausanne on Thursday.

 

The World Cup hosts’ announcement is part of FIH’s new event-assignment process, which was launched and presented to the National Associations at the FIH Congress in November 2012.

 

The re-structured bidding process was designed to ensure that the majority of the unallocated events for the 2015-2018 period would be assigned before the end of this year. The FIH will make an announcement about the host nations of other events in due course.

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