FIH to cancel Hockey Series after 2019.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday 19th March, 2019 has agreed to slash the Hockey Series after this year to enable countries focus more on continental qualifiers.
The Hockey Series which has over the years being a qualifying route to World cups and Olympic Games will cease to exist after this year. The FIH also expressed concern on the ongoing Pro League saying it has been successful. The decision to do away with the Hockey Series means that more focus will be laid on the continental competitions for qualifications to the World Cup and Olympics.
The decision was taken at the FIH Executive Board’s first meeting of the year on March 15 and 16 at its headquarters under the distinguished chairmanship of FIH president Narinder Batra.
“The FIH Series events will be discontinued after 2019, allowing National Associations to focus on participation in continental qualifiers and championships,” the FIH said in a statement.
“The FIH will review the World Cup qualification system with more weight given to Continental championship performance.
“A report about the FIH Pro League highlighted the successful launch and first two months of the new global FIH competition, and how all parameters, in particular athlete welfare, are being thoroughly analysed in order to finalise the 2020 match schedule with all stakeholders,” it added.
Source : Field Hockey