New Delhi :Chhattisgarh will host the men’s Hockey World League Final from November 27 to December 6 in its capital city of Raipur, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced today.
“…the 2015 men’s Hockey World League Final will be hosted by the Indian city of Raipur, Chhattisgarh between 27 November and 6 December 2015,” the FIH said in a statement.
The event will be held in the Raipur International Hockey Stadium, which was opened as a dedicated hockey facility in August last year.
The event will feature eight national hockey teams who qualified through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Buenos Aires and Antwerp.
They include Australia, ranked number one in the FIH World Rankings, Netherlands (2), Germany (3), Belgium (4), Great Britain (5), Argentina (6), hosts India (8) and Canada (13).
This will be the first international hockey event to be staged not only in the newly-built Raipur International Hockey Stadium, but also in the city.
“The Hockey World League Final is going to be an extremely exciting event, with all eight teams having qualified for the 2016 Olympics. This will be one of the last opportunities to test themselves against one another in international competition before they head out to Rio for the Games later next year,” FIH President said Leandro Negre.
“India has a strong connection with the sport of hockey and we are delighted to be taking this showcase competition to a city that has shown a great desire to host international hockey tournaments. We have no doubt that the local organisers and the people of Raipur will put on a fantastic event for athletes, spectators and TV viewers around the world,” he added.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh welcomed the FIH’s decision.
“It is a proud moment for the State of Chhattisgarh. When we started work on the stadium the aim was to make a world class stadium which meets international standards and I’m happy that we have successfully achieved that. I welcome hockey fans from across the world and invite them to come and experience the exhilarating hockey set to be witnessed here in November and December.”