Saturday, November 9, 2013

Malaysia's RM14 million not enough...

MALAYSIA offered RM14 million for three tournaments,  but the International Hockey Federation (FIH) received a  better offer from India, who were selected to host the 2018  men’s World Cup.
    And the women’s 2018 World Cup will be held in Eng land.
    In Malaysia’s bid paper, 4 million Swiss  Francs (RM14  million) was offered to the FIH for the 2018 World Cup, the  2017 Junior World Cup and the World League Semi-finals,  but India had more money in the coffers.
    And it is understood that India have also been given the  mandate to host the 2017 Junior World Cup as well as one of  the World League Semi-finals.
    For the record, India last hosted the men’s World Cup in  2010, and will host the Junior World Cup from Dec 6-15.
    “It was an eye opener, as we had prepared a strong bid for  the World Cup, but did not win it,” said Malaysian Hockey  Confederation (MHC) vice-president Manjit Majid Abdullah  who is in Lausanne, Switzerland.
    Manjit also said: “MHC president Tengku Abdullah (Sultan  Ahmad Shah) was also present in Switzerland when the  winning bid was announced, and he was not disappointed or  upset, as we gave a good offer to the FIH.”
    It is believed that India’s major sponsors are Starsports  India.
     The announcements were made by FIH President Leandro  Negre at a special ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland  yesterday.
     “I wish to offer my sincere congratulations to England  Hockey and Hockey India on their successful bids to host the  Hockey World Cups 2018”, said Negre.
   “The quality of both bids was truly extraordinary, and the  FIH is greatly looking forward to bringing its top properties to  England and India.
   “I would also like to congratulate all of the National  Associations that submitted bids for these events. The stan dard was exceptionally high, making the decision extremely  hard for the FIH Executive Board.”
     Both the Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018 will  feature an increased 16-nation field. Next year's World Cup,  in The Hague, Netherlands,  will see twelve men's and twelve  women's teams
     Malaysia qualified for the Hague by finishing fifth in the  World League Semi-finals in Johor Baru.