India have been named as the host country for 2023 FIH Men's World Cup, which is scheduled to be held from January 13, 2023, till January 29, 2023. The decision was taken by the Executive Board of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in the last annual meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.
On the other hand, Spain and the Netherlands have been selected to co-host the 2022 FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup. It will take place from July 1, 2022, till July 17, 2022.
The venues will soon be announced by the host nations. Meanwhile, the competition format of the 2023 Men’s World Cup will be the same as in 2018.
India will 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.
India was among the three nations — Belgium and Malaysia are the other two — to have presented bids to host the next edition of the Men's World Cup.
"FIH has received excellent bids to host these prestigious events. It was, therefore, a difficult choice to make. Since the primary mission of FIH is to grow the sport worldwide, which of course requires to make investments, the income-generation potential of each bid has played an important role in the decision," said FIH CEO Thierry Weil.
In the meeting, the Executive Board also approved the qualification process for both the events, which entailed that firstly, the hosts will qualify automatically. Secondly, the five winners of the Continental Championships will qualify directly, and thirdly, the remaining 10 teams will qualify through a home-and-away play-off.
Besides the World Cups, India had also hosted some of the biggest hockey events in recent times, including the FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men's World Cup 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 very delighted to have won the bid to host the 2023 Men's Hockey World Cup. When we had made the bid, we wanted to give our country another reason to celebrate 75 years of independence adding to that the fact that our last win was registered in 1975," said Hockey India President Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad.
"And what better way to celebrate than to witness a pinnacle global event of our national sport on our soil. After having hosted the 14th edition of the Men's Hockey World Cup in 2018 which was recognised as one of the best hockey events ever, we were confident that we can host another Men's Hockey World Cup," he said.
"We have the opportunity to use last year's experience to organise an even better Men's Hockey World Cup in 2023."
Belgium had won their first-ever Men's World Cup title in the previous edition, which also took place in Odisha, India in 2018.