New Delhi, November 8, 2019:

The 2023 edition of the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup will be held in India, while the 2022 Hockey Women’s World Cup in Spain and the Netherlands.

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Announcing this via Twitter on Friday, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “I welcome this great news! 2023 FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup will be held in India. 2022 Hockey Women’s World Cup in Spain and the Netherlands.”

This will be the second consecutive time that India will be hosting the tournament and the fourth time overall. India had hosted the World Cup in 1982 and 2010, before 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,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said in a release.

The FIH further resolved to “work closely with the Local organising committees on the sustainability and legacy aspects of these events”.

The hosts will qualify automatically. The winners of the Continental Championships will qualify directly (5 teams). The remaining 10 teams will qualify through a home-and-away play-off; the 20 teams involved in these qualifiers will be determined by Continental quotas, based on the FIH World Rankings at the end of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the finishing positions of teams in the Continental Championships.

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