Stadium will be ready a year before the Hockey World Cup

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium here will be ready for use in October 2009, exactly one year before the Commonwealth Games and it will enable the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to test the facilities prior to the 2010 World Cup.

This was announced here this evening at the end of the FIH Executive Board meeting.

The bi-annual meeting of the FIH board was specially held here to review the '' Project Promoting Indian Hockey'' which it has launched in cooperation with the IOC Olympic Solidarity and the Indian Hockey Confederation (IHC).

''The Project Promoting Indian Hockey showed major progress,'' said FIH President Els van Breda Vriesman.''The 2010 World Cup is a good example of one of the outcomes of this project.'' The Board announced that the USA will host the 2009 Women's Junior World Cup at Boston. while Malaysia and Singapore will co-host the 2009 Men's Junior World Cup.

In order to directly qualify both organizers for the event, the FIH Executive Board decided that the 2009 Men's Junior World Cup will exceptionally be played with 20 instead of 16 teams.

A new World Level event will be held in Dubai, UAE in early 2009.

The best eight men's and best eight women's teams of the world will participate in this event.

It also decided to allot a major event to Pakistan in lieu of the Champions Trophy. The FIH has shifted the Champions Trophy from Lahore, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (November 29 to December 9), due to security reasons.

The FIH board decided that the Pablo Negre Trophy be awarded to England Hockey. The Trophy is awarded annually by FIH to the National Association which has by its activities, initiatives and sportsmanship served best the course of game and made it more popular during the previous two years.


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