Friday, January 21, 2022

‘No outlook’: Hockey World Cups decision leaves clubs and teams on back foot

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

The European Hockey Clubs Organisation (EHCO) has been left “deeply dismayed” at the decision to cancel the FIH Indoor World Cup and reschedule the women’s Junior World Cup during the domestic season.

December’s postponed JWC to be held in Potchefstroom, South Africa will now be held from April 2-13. Meanwhile the 2022 Indoor World Cup, due to be held from Feb 2-6, has been cancelled following an FIH virtual meeting.

EHCO launched year with the aim of bridging the international and domestic calendar. Top nations across the European elite have signed up to the European hockey alliance to protect domestic leagues, EHL, 11 v 11 and players. Surbiton were the latest club to join EHCO this month.

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