Lee Valley — This was a crossover weekend when world hockey’s decision makers launched its new 5s format in Switzerland, as another of its flagship competitions, the FIH Pro League, began another round of games in the 11-a-side.
It was hard not to keep a watchful eye over proceedings in Lausanne. A cosy venue, one would assume a hefty marketing and event budget and a first real chance to get to see live Hockey5s at senior level for the first time. The FIH is set to play an expansive long game with its shorter version.
This truly was a new era for the sport, more so given the eye-catching comments made by International Hockey Federation chief Thierry Weil before the Lausanne event pushed back.
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