India and England win World Cup bids


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india hockey world cupFor the second time in a span of eight years, India will play host to hockey’s most prestigious tournament after it was announced that the 2018 men’s World Cup will be staged in the country.

Following on from the success of the 2010 edition in the South Asian nation, 16 teams will compete, with Australia’s men hoping to clinch the title once again on Indian soil.

The 2018 women's World Cup will be held in England and is scheduled to run between the 7th and 21st July, with the men's occurring between the 1st and 16th December.

India last hosted the World Cup in New Delhi in 2010 while the next edition will be held next year in The Hague, Netherlands in the first two weeks of June.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) issued a statement last week to congratulate India on once again gaining the right to host the games.

It read: “The International Hockey Federation (FIH) is delighted to announce that England and India will host the Hockey World Cups in 2018. England Hockey was successful in their bid to host the women's showpiece, with Hockey India winning the race to host the men's equivalent.”

The announcements were made by FIH president Leandro Negre at a special ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“I wish to offer my sincere congratulations to England Hockey and Hockey India on their successful bids to host the Hockey World Cups 2018,” Mr Negre added.

“The quality of both bids was truly extraordinary, and the FIH is looking forward to bringing its top properties to England and India. The standard was exceptionally high, making the decision extremely hard for the FIH Executive Board.”

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