New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday announced that India would be hosting the Men’s Hockey World Cup to be held in 2023. the board also announced that Spain and Netherlands have been assigned to co-host the FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup to be held in 2022.

The Men’s Hockey World Cup will start from January 13 in 2023 till January 29, while the Women’s Hockey World Cup will commence from July 1 in 2022 till July 17. The board also said that the venues for the tournaments will be announced by the host nations itself.

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"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 an official statement.

The Executive Board also approved the qualification process for both events and they are as follows:

The hosts will qualify automatically for the World Cup (one team) while the winners of the Continental Championships will qualify directly for the competition (five teams).

The remaining ten 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.

The schedule of the 2022 FIH Hockey Women's World Cup will be as follows:

Preliminary Phase:

Two preliminary phase pools in the Netherlands (including the Dutch team)- Two preliminary phase pools in Spain (including the Spanish team)

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Two crossover matches and two quarter-finals in the Netherlands- Two crossover matches and two quarter-finals in Spain

The semi-finals, final and third/fourth playoff match would be played in Spain.

Posted By: Talib Khan