Oman preferred over India to host inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India
Matches will take place in Oman’s capital city Muscat, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said in a statement.
FIH had also received bids from India, Pakistan and Singapore to host this event.
The Hockey5s’ flagship event is a brand-new FIH competition. Sixteen teams per gender (3 per continent + Oman as hosts) will take part in this first edition.
Continental Hockey5s qualifiers for the World Cup will be organized in 2022.
“We’re looking forward to a wonderful inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman. This surely will be a great boost for the promotion of hockey both in the country and in the whole region,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said.
“We’re convinced that Hockey5s will play a key role in the growth of hockey worldwide. This is why this World Cup has been created, as well as a Hockey5s World Tour which we are currently working on.”
In 2019, the FIH Executive Board decided to create an FIH Hockey5s World Cup, with a view to further boosting the development of the game globally through the promotion of its 5-a-side format.
Played in about 70 countries in the world, Hockey5s was the most attended sport at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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