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FIH launches bidding process for inaugural Nations Cup

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has launched the bidding process for hosting the FIH Nations Cup competition that will debut in 2022.

The new yearly event from the governing body has been devised to offer a top-level competition for the best ranked teams not participating in the FIH Hockey Pro League and also gives the winners the option to be promoted to the league the following season.

The competition for men's and women's hockey will involve eight teams based on the FIH World Rankings of May 31, 2021.

The new competition will also see promotion and relegation introduced to the FIH Hockey Pro League.

Since participation in the FIH Nations Cup is determined by the FIH World Rankings, the bidding process to hold the event has only been opened to the National Associations of the relevant teams and since they may evolve between now and May, the bidding dossier has been sent to ten teams instead of eight, per gender.

These National Associations include:

Men: Canada, Malaysia, France, Ireland, South Africa, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Austria, Egypt

Women: Spain, Ireland, India, Korea, Japan, Canada, South Africa, Italy, Chile, Russia

FIH CEO Thierry Weil said: “The FIH Nations Cup is a welcome addition to our events’ portfolio. It will enable to apply the promotion-relegation principle to the FIH Hockey Pro League. Like for most other leagues, this will generate even more excitement to the competition. It will also give other nations who haven’t yet had the opportunity to join the Pro League to do so and this is only fair! And it will help grow hockey in further countries.”

The deadline for submitting the bids is 31 March 2021.

Author: Jake Wilkin