PETALING JAYA: Malaysia have been chosen to host the hockey junior World Cup in 2023.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed on Friday (July 2) that Malaysia have won the bid. They also named Chile as the host for the girls' edition.
The junior world meet is the flagship event for under-21 players and involves 16 teams.
The Malaysian Hockey Confederation (MHC) president Datuk Seri Subahan Kamal is thrilled to get the job again after their last stint in 2009, where they co-hosted with Singapore.
They have also organised the World Cup for juniors in 1982 and 1989. As for the World Cup, they did it twice in 1975 and 2002.
"We are grateful to FIH for selecting us for a record fourth time. It reflects FIH’s trust and confidence in MHC to organise and deliver an outstanding competition for global hockey fans," said Subahan.
"For Malaysia and this region, in particular, the meet will be a catalyst for the growth and development of the sport among the youngsters."
Subahan said MHC would work closely with the Malaysian government, FIH and various stakeholders over the next two years to make it a successful event.
"We hope the Covid-19 situation would have improved by then, and fans will be treated to stunning performances from the future stars of world hockey," added Subahan.