Harpal Singh Bedi / Bhubaneswar
Asserting that it does not want to lose out a generation, The FIH on Saturday announced that the Junior World Cup will be held in every two years henceforth.
“The Junior World Cup will be held every second year from now on. We need to support youth in sport and give every generation a chance to participate in Junior World Cup. If we don’t, we lose a generation of players,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil told media persons.
However the FIH has yet to decide about the venue and year regarding the next edition of the event . The decision was taken in its Executive Board meeting only on Friday, but they are yet to figure out the host nation and exact timing of the next edition.”
Asked about when and where the next edition of the Junior World Cup and Senior World Cup will be held. “I think it is in 2021, but please let us confirm that you before putting out a wrong message,” Weil said.
“We had already presented the plan for selection (of venues) for the 2022 World Cup. We have launched the (invitation of) bids. We have set two windows in July 2022 and in January 2013. The bidding process will finish in February. Then we will collect all the documents,” he said.
“We will start bids for potential candidates for the Junior World Cup soon. This decision will also have to be taken in 2019.”
He however made it clear that from now on the World Cup will be a 16-team affair but said they will work on curtailing the duration of the tournament.
“There is no intention to increase but maintain the number of teams in the World Cup. We will definitely stick to it (16 teams). It’s long for some people. We will listen to the national associations who are participating. I cannot tell you now, how will it exactly work. Potentially more games in one day,” Weil said.
He also said that there will be no title sponsor and broadcaster for the upcoming Pro League and it will be known as FIH Pro League
Besides, the FIH also took a few important decisions on the launch of Hockey 5s, a new upgraded ranking system and international calendar during its meeting on Friday.
“By the end of February 2019, we will take a decision how we want to conduct Hockey 5s. It’s nothing new. It’s just that FIH has decided to bring it to a new level, in areas where people are, to showcase the beauty of hockey. There are a lot of people out there who have never seen the game. The short format will allow us to go in areas where 11-a-side cannot be played,” he said.
“We will also work on a new ranking system that is simple and allows every country to collect points. That’s quite important.”