Field hockey’s Men’s World Cup will return to the eastern Indian state of Odisha in 2023 after the cities of Bhubaneswar and Rourkela were named as the venues for the tournament.
The FIH, the sport’s international governing body, announced India as the host country earlier this month.
State capital Bhubaneswar, a hotbed for hockey, was the location for the last World Cup in 2018, when Belgium were crowned champions, but next time round will share hosting rights with Rourkela, which is about 330 kilometres away.
The 2023 tournament will take place from 13 to 29 January, with Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium again featuring.
Speaking at yesterday’s announcement in the city, Thierry Weil, the chief executive of the FIH, said “We are glad to come back to Odisha where everyone, from the fans to the teams and the officials, had such a great experience a year ago.
“Conscious of the costs generated by the organisation of such world events, we think that using existing facilities – especially when they are of the quality of those provided in Bhubaneswar – is a real advantage. Also, the income-generation potential of the bid submitted by Hockey India will contribute to the development of hockey worldwide, which is the first mission of the International Hockey Federation.”
In addition to the Men’s World Cup, Bhubaneswar has staged the 2017 Hockey World League Final, the 2019 Men’s Series Finals and, most recently, the Olympic Qualifiers for the 2020 games in Japan.
Spain and the Netherlands were this month unveiled as the joint hosts for the 2022 Women’s World Cup, but the cities have yet to be decided.