Lausanne, Feb 17 : The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Monday announced India as the hosts for the FIH Junior Men's World Cup 2021.
FIH in a statement said the competition will be played towards the end of 2021, but exact venue and dates for the tournament will be announced at a later stage. After having hosted the FIH Junior Men's World Cup in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh in 2016, where India lifted the coveted trophy, the country will be hosting the biggest Junior-level competition in hockey for the second time.
The junior men's World Cup will see 16 teams compete for the title, out of which six will be from Europe, four from Asia, including hosts India, two from Africa, two from Oceania and two from Pan America. Out of the 16 teams, the six European teams, who have already qualified for the event in India, are Germany, England, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and France, as they secured their berths through the European Continental Championships, which were held in 2019.
Reigning champions India had defeated Belgium 2-1 in the final match of 2016 edition at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow, which saw them lift their second-ever FIH Junior Men's World Cup. India had also hosted the FIH senior men's Hockey World Cup in 2018 at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium, Bhubaneswar. (UNI)