India to host 2023 Hockey World Cup

Belgium won the 2018 World Cup held in Bhubaneswar. Charles McQuillan/Getty Images for FIH

India will host the Men's Hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time after the country was picked to host the game's showpiece event in 2023 by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in Lausanne on Friday. The World Cup will be held from January 13 to 29, and the venues will be announced by the host nation at a later date.

FIH also named Spain and the Netherlands as the co-hosts of the 2022 Women's World Cup scheduled to be held from July 1 to 22.

India will, thus, become the first country to stage four men's Hockey World Cups, having hosted the event in 1982 (Mumbai), 2010 (New Delhi) and 2018 (Bhubaneswar). The Netherlands' has hosted three men's tournaments.

India was among the three nations -- Belgium and Malaysia are the other two -- to have presented bids to host the next edition of the men's World Cup.

For the Women's World Cup, five countries -- Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Malaysia and New Zealand -- had presented their bids.

The competition format of the 2023 World Cup will be the same as the last edition.

"FIH has received excellent bids to host these prestigious events. It was therefore a difficult choice to make. Since the primary mission of FIH is to grow the sport worldwide - which of course requires to make investments, the income-generation potential of each bid has played an important role in the decision," said FIH CEO Thierry Weil.