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Mar 25

Men’s Hockey – Champions’ Trophy to Be Held in London

It has been announced that the Champions’ Trophy, which is a men’s hockey tournament featuring six of the world’s top teams, will now be held in London in June 2016. The tournament comes less than two months before the Olympic Games in Rio. The Champions’ Trophy will be held from 10 to17 June, just a week before London also plays host to the equivalent women’s event.

The Champions’ Trophy

The Champions’ Trophy was due to have been held in Argentina, but the decision was made to move it to London by the International Hockey Federation because the Confederacion Argentina de Hockey has said it will be unable to fulfil its obligations with regards to sponsorship, broadcasting rights and the actual hosting of the event itself. The event will now take place at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which played host to the Eurohockey Championships in August 2015.

The Champions’ Trophy features Great Britain against the world champions Australia in the opening match, while other teams include India, Belgium, South Korea and Germany, the current Olympic champions and defending champions in this tournament.

Benefits to the Sport

The benefits of hosting a tournament such as this are that it should encourage young people to take up the sport – a knock-on effect of which will be an increase in sales of hockey equipment in the UK. Hosting such a tournament also means that spectators can get behind the Team GB hockey team before the Olympic Games. People coming to the event will hopefully make the most of everything the UK has to offer.

The decision to hold the men’s Champions’ Trophy in London should have a positive impact on hockey playing in the UK, increase sales of hockey equipment in the UK and get more people involved in the game at a local level. It will also be hoped that London’s hosting of this important tournament will encourage the people of the UK to get behind the Great Britain men’s and women’s hockey teams at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.

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