Thursday, February 22, 2024

Hockey Women’s World Cup: Crowds, umpire referrals, positives and the future

Was the 2022 Women’s World Cup a success story? Our columnist runs the rule over the highs and lows of the co-hosted tournament

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There were always going to be question marks surrounding the joint hosting of the event between the Netherlands and Spain. Different climates, pitches, game times and the uncertainty around travel between both nations for the knock-out rounds cast a shadow over the event as a whole. Some teams left without sticks and luggage while the disastrous timing of issues at airports worldwide meant that countries and the athletes in particular were faced with manic queues and long hours waiting to fly – not ideal preparation prior to the ranking matches.

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