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Oman wins bid to host inaugural Hockey5s World Cup

Oman overcame Singapore and five other nations in the bid to host the inaugural Hockey5s World Cup in 2024.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) said on June 3 that the Sultanate bagged 13 of the 16 votes in the bidding which also involved the Netherlands, Spain, South Africa, India and Pakistan.

Oman’s men’s and women’s teams will now directly enter the World Cup without having to play qualifiers.

Thirty-two teams (16 men’s and 16 women’s) will participate in the tournament, which is scheduled for January 2024.

IHF president Narinder Batra congratulated the Sultanate on winnning the bid.

He told Oman News Agency (ONA) that the successful bid reflected Oman’s ability to organise world-class event.

“Oman’s file has been distinguished in every respect and we are confident of Oman Hockey Association’s ability to successfully host the event,” he said.

Thierry Weil, FIH chief executive, said: “We’re looking forward to a wonderful inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman.

“This surely will be a great boost for the promotion of hockey both in the country and in the whole region.

“We’re convinced that Hockey5s will play a key role in the growth of hockey worldwide.”

The FIH Executive Board announced the launch of the Hockey5s World Cup in 2019.

The launch comes as Hockey 5s becomes an increasingly popular format of the sport, played on a smaller pitch and which has featured at the last two Summer Youth Olympic Games.

“I am very pleased and delighted,” said Talib Al Wahaibi, Oman Hockey Association President. “We happily undertake this great responsibility to deliver the first ever FIH Hockey 5s World Cup at the highest possible standard.

“We will build state-of-the-art facilities and provide best conditions for the athletes. It is a matter of pride for me, Sultanate of Oman and Oman hockey.

“Our sincere gratitude for giving us the responsibility of hosting the FIH Hockey 5s World Cup for men and women.

“Winning the rights to host this innovative and attractive hockey tournament will open up great horizons and showcase the Sultanate of Oman around the world.”

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