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.