India to host 2023 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup
India have been named as the host country for 2023 FIH Men’s World Cup, which is scheduled to be held from January 13, 2023, till January 29, 2023. The decision was taken by the Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in the last annual meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.
On the other hand, Spain and the Netherlands have been selected to co-host the 2022 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup. It will take place from July 1, 2022, till July 17, 2022.
The venues will soon be announced by the host nations. Meanwhile, the competition format of the 2023 Men’s World Cup will be the same as in 2018.
“FIH has received excellent bids to host these prestigious events. It was, therefore, a difficult choice to make. Since the primary mission of FIH is to grow the sport worldwide, which of course requires to make investments, the income-generation potential of each bid has played an important role in the decision,” said FIH CEO Thierry Weil.
In the meeting, the Executive Board also approved the qualification process for both the events, which entailed that firstly, the hosts will qualify automatically. Secondly, the five winners of the Continental Championships will qualify directly, and thirdly, the remaining 10 teams will qualify through a home-and-away play-off.
Belgium had won their first-ever Men’s World Cup title in the previous edition, which also took place in Odisha, India in 2018.