Govt gives go-ahead to HI to host CT

New Delhi: The Sports Ministry has given Hockey India (HI) the green signal to host the 33rd FIH Champions Trophy and next year`s Olympic qualifying tournament to be held here.

"We are pleased to announce that the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of India has granted permission to Hockey India for hosting the 33rd FIH Champions Trophy and the London Olympic qualifier tournament for both men and women," HI said in a statement on Thursday.

The eight-nation Champions Trophy will be held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here from December 3 to 11.

Apart from hosts India, other participating teams in the league-cum-knockout event would include world champions Australia, England, Germany, Korea, Netherlands, Pakistan and Spain.

After the Champions Trophy, the Capital will also play host to the Olympic qualifier from February 15 to 26 next year, wherein six teams each from men and women will participate.

The other five teams, apart from India, who will participate in the qualification tournament will be determined after various continental championships being held later this year in Africa, Europe, Pan America and Oceania.

There are three qualifying tournaments for next year`s London Games with India hosting the first one followed by Japan and Belgium.


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