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India among five nations to bid for 2018 Hockey World Cup

September 10, 2013 14:12 IST

India is among five nations that have placed bids before the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to host the 2018 World Cup.

The FIH said it received seven high quality bids from five nations to host hockey’s men's and women's showpiece events simultaneously.

There are four official proposals to host the men's World Cup and three for the women's, according to a statement from the FIH.

The National Associations of Australia, England, India, Malaysia, and New Zealand have all put up extremely strong cases in an attempt to lure the sport's top properties to their territory, the statement added.

The hockey World Cup trophyAs part of the bidding process, the FIH had requested that official bid questionnaires were submitted before the August 31 deadline.

The FIH received official submissions from five of the original six nations that initially expressed interest earlier in the year.

The next phase of the process will feature the detailed evaluation of each bid which will be followed by further discussion and clarification with the national associations as well as site visits to each country.

The final decision rests with the FIH Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland. The winning bids will announced on November 7.

"The FIH is thrilled to have received such an excellent response from National Associations regarding the great opportunity to host Hockey World Cup events in 2018," said FIH Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Fairweather.

"The quality and competitiveness of every single bid is impressive, demonstrating that the decision to allocate events earlier and across the entire four-year cycle was absolutely the right move for hockey. All of the bids show a determination and desire to deliver the most entertaining, exciting and inspiring hockey events in the world, which is in line with our strategy to take hockey to the next level. With

such strong competition between the bidding nations, it is clear that the choice will not be an easy one to make."

India last hosted the World Cup in 2010, before the New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

The official bids received for the World Cups are part of the new event assignment process which was launched and presented to the National Associations at the FIH Congress last November.

The re-structured bidding process will ensure that all unallocated events for the 2015-2018 period will be assigned before the end of this year. A total of 20 events between 2015 and 2018, as well as the men's and women's Indoor World Cups 2019, will be assigned from 54 bids submitted to the FIH for assessment.

Both the men's and women's hockey World Cups in 2018 will feature an increased 16-nation field of participants, confirming the growing interest and development of the sport.

Next year's hugely-anticipated Rabobank Hockey World Cup, to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, during the first two weeks of June, will see 12 men's and an equal number of women's teams compete in a joint tournament. 

Image: The winner's trophy for the hockey World Cup