India will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup for a second consecutive time after the country was picked to do so in 2023 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) here on Friday.
The venues will be announced by the host nations at a later date. India will, thus, become the first country to stage four men’s WCs after having hosted the showpiece in 1982 (Mumbai), 2010 (New Delhi) and 2018 (Bhubaneswar). The Netherlands has hosted three men’s tournaments.
The country will be completing 75 years of independence in 2023 and so Hockey India wanted to host the WC to showcase the growth of the sport in the country. India was among the three nations -- Belgium and Malaysia the other two -- to have presented bids to host the next edition of the men’s WC.
For the Women’s WC, five countries -- Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia and New Zealand -- had presented their bids. The competition format of the 2023 WC will be the same as the last edition. Commenting on the development, FIH CEO Thierry Weil said the decisions were taken keeping in mind a couple of factors.
Besides the WCs, India had also hosted some of the biggest events in recent times, including the FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men’s WC in 2016, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017, FIH Men’s Series Finals in 2019 and the recently-concluded FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.
“We are all delighted to have won the bid. When we had made the bid, we wanted to give our country another reason to celebrate 75 years of independence,” said HI President Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad. “And what better way to celebrate than to witness a global event. We have the opportunity to use last year’s’ experience to organise an even better WC in 2023.”