India will host the Men’s Hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time after the country was picked to host the game’s showpiece event in 2023 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). According to the FIH, the Men’s Hockey World Cup will be held in India from January 13 to 29.
In another decision made by the Executive Board during the FIH’s final meeting of the year, Spain and the Netherlands were named as the co-hosts of the 2022 Women’s World Cup scheduled to beheld from July 1 to 22.
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 Hockey World Cups after having hosted the showpiece in 1982 (Mumbai), 2010 (New Delhi) and 2018 (Bhubaneswar). The Netherlands had hosted three men’s tournaments.
The country will be completing 75 years of independence in 2023 and so Hockey India wanted to host the World Cup to showcase the growth of the sport in the country on that occasion. India was among the three nations - Belgium and Malaysia being the other two - to have presented bids. For the Women’s World Cup, five countries - Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia and New Zealand - had presented their bids.