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How They Qualified

The 10th men's World Cup 2002 in Kuala Lumpur will have 16 teams instead of the 12-team format, which has been followed since the fifth World Cup, in 1982, in Bombay.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) decided in July 2001 that the competition format would be two pools of eight teams instead of the experimental 4 x 4.

The 16 teams for the event comprises five from Asia, six from Europe, two each from Asia-Pacific and the Americas, and one from the African continent.

Eight teams earned direct qualification while the other seven qualified through the qualifier held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Malaysia came through as hosts.

Japan returns after almost three decades, having taken part in the first two World Cups in Barcelona 1971 and Amsterdam in 1973.

Canada is the only side missing from the last World Cup. They failed to qualify, after the losing to New Zealand in the qualifier.

Country How they qualified
The Netherlands Defending champions
Malaysia Host
Germany European champion
Korea Asia champion
South Africa African champion
Cuba Americas Cup champion
Australia 3rd at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
Pakistan 4th at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
England 6th at the Sydney 2000 Olympics
Argentina Winner of the qualifier
Spain 2nd place at the qualifier
Poland 3rd place at the qualifier
Belgium 4th place at the qualifier
India 5th place at the qualifier
Japan 6th place at the qualifier
New Zealand 7th place at the qualifier

The trophy when mounted on its ivory base stands 650 mm high and weighs 11,560 grammes.
Materials used: 895 gms of gold, 6,815 gms of silver, 350 gms of ivory and 3,500 gms of teak wood.

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