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05 Feb 2019

Six bids on table for next FIH World Cups

Six countries have submitted bids to host the next edition of field hockey's flagship men's or women's World Cup, the FIH, the sport's governing body, has announced.

FIH member nations were given until 31 January to send their bid dossiers to the federation, in which they had to state whether they wanted to stage either of the tournaments in the summer 2022 window (1-17 July) or 2023 winter window (13-29 January).

Germany, Spain and Malaysia have all submitted bids for the men's World Cup in July 2022, while Germany has said it would alternatively be interested in staging the women's event in that same window.

Australia, New Zealand and India want the women's World Cup in January 2023, with India alternatively interested in hosting the men's event then.

FIH has begun the evaluation process of the bids, with the final decision on both hosts to be made by its executive board in June.

Thierry Weil, chief executive of the FIH, said: “FIH is glad to have received such strong bids. This confirms how appealing our events are. We’re looking forward to two great FIH World Cups, both Men’s and Women’s, and a lot of excitement for players and fans.”

India has staged two of the last three men's FIH World Cups, in 2010 and 2018, with the Netherlands playing host in 2014, when it also hosted the women's edition.

England staged the 2018 women's FIH World Cup.