FIH hails global growth of hockey as Turkey and Peru land events

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has paid tribute to the ongoing global expansion of the sport after confirming Turkey and Peru will stage official FIH events for the first time.

Turkey and Peru are two of nine locations that have been included in the FIH’s 2016-17 Hockey World League (HWL) Round 1 series of events, which will begin early next year.

FIH has announced that joint men’s and women’s events will take place in the Peruvian city of Chiclayo, as well as in Singapore, the Ghanaian capital of Accra, Salamanca in Mexico, the Czech Republic capital of Prague, as well as a yet-to-be-confirmed location in Oceania.

The global governing body also confirmed another women’s competition will be staged in the French commune of Cambrai, while the Scottish city of Glasgow and Antalya in Turkey will host men’s events. The FIH is yet to announce the dates of the competitions.

The events will form part of the 2016-17 Hockey World League, which comprises a total of four rounds every two years. The 2016-17 campaign will decide which teams qualify alongside the continental champions and hosts for the 2018 FIH World Cups, which will be staged in England for women and for men in India.

Confirmation of the Round 1 events comes after the FIH last month announced the locations that would be included in Round 2 in early 2017. The three men’s competitions will take place in Tacarigua (Trinidad & Tobago), Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Dhaka (Bangladesh) while the women’s events will take place in Vancouver (Canada), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Valencia (Spain).

FIH chief executive Kelly Fairweather said: “These latest host announcements really do highlight the global spread of hockey around the world. Each award is an indication of the growth of the sport taking place in these countries, of which is incredibly inspiring.

“All of the hosts are in tune with our ‘Hockey Revolution’ goals, in particular our aim to develop innovative and exciting entertainment events. As a result, we’re sure each local organiser will put on a fantastic platform for hockey and in doing so, inspire many more people to take up hockey.”

The 2015-16 Hockey League season will conclude later this year, with the men’s World League Final taking place in Raipur, India, from November 27 to December 6. The women’s World League Final will take place from December 5-13 in Rosario, Argentina.