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               MENS HOCKEY WORLD CUP                       AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES BID TO

            The 2023 Men’s FIH Hockey World                HOST RUGBY WORLD CUP 2027
          Cup will be the 15th edition of the Men’s
          FIH Hockey World Cup, the quadrennial              The Federal Government has backed a bid to
                                                                                                                                                                                  NEW ZEALAND
          world championship for men’s national            host the 2027 Rugby World Cup. Announced by                             UK                                             NEW ZEALAND
          field hockey teams organized by the              Rugby Australia at a launch in Sydney, Minister for
          International Hockey Federation. It              Sport Richard Colbeck said the nation was ready                         UK SPORT STRATEGIC                             BRITS POSSIBLE CHALLENGERS
          will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in           to showcase one of the most popular sporting
          Bhubaneswar and at the Biju Patnaik              spectacles to a global audience.                                        PLAN OUTLINES HOSTING                          FOR AMERICA’S CUP
          Hockey Stadium in Rourkela in India from           “The Government remains committed to making
          13 to 29 January 2023. This will be the          Australia the world’s most active sporting nation                       ASPIRATIONS                                       Rumours are circulating around the America’s
          fourth instance where India will play host       and reinforcing our reputation as a pre-eminent                             As part of the new strategic plan          Cup media centre and beyond, that the
          to the marquee event, previously hosting         host of major sporting events,” Minister Colbeck                        published in May, UK Sport has revealed        British Royal Yacht Squadron will be the next
          the World Cup in 1982 (Mumbai), 2010             said.                                                                   the nation’s international event hosting       Challenger of Record. The move was virtually
          (New Delhi), and 2018 (Odisha).                    “Australia is not only a strong rugby nation, it is                   aspirations for the next decade, from the      confirmed by INEOS Team UK skipper, Sir Ben
            Belgium will defend their title after          a safe destination with a successful and growing                        2030 FIFA World Cup to over 40 World           Ainslie in answers to various questions at media
          defeating Netherlands in the 2018 final,         record of hosting global sporting events.”                              Championships from sports such as              conferences saying there was an agreement
          while the Kookaburras will look to add              The Australian Government committed $8.8                             boxing, athletics, wheelchair rugby            (indicating that it was not a done deal) for the
          to their three titles to match Pakistan’s        million over two years in the 2020-21 Budget for                        and taekwondo.                                 British - presumably Royal Yacht Squadron to
          record of 4 wins in the tournament.              Rugby Australia to develop a compelling and                                In total, the list includes 97 events       become the next Challenger of Record. It is
                                                           compliant bid.                                                          across 44 sports and spans 46 World            unlikely that the Italians would be Challenger of
                                                             Bids are due for lodgement to World Rugby by                          Championships. Collectively they represent     Record for a third time.
                                                           14 January 2022, with the announcement of the                           a potential boost to the UK economy               The British have a long history as Challengers
                                                           successful host expected in May 2022. Hosting                           of close to £7bn (6.83bn), would attract       for the America’s Cup, but since its inauguration
                                                           rights will then also be awarded for the 2025 and                       over 13 million fans with 95% of the UK        in 1851, have never won it. In the equally long
                                                           2029 Women’s Rugby World Cups and the 2031                              population living within two hours of a        history of the Cup, it has never been won by the
                                                           Men’s Rugby World Cup.                                                  hosting venue. 71 of the events on the list    Challenger of Record - and the role is regarded
                                                             “The next decade could see Australia become the                       are dual gender and 22 have already been       as a poison chalice. The Brits appears to be
                                                           premier sporting tourism destination in the world,                      secured, with a further eight, including the   optimistic that they can break that duck.
                                                           with a long list of major events already being held                     Rugby World Cup (for women), European             The Kiwis have won the America’s Cup four
                                                           here,” Minister Colbeck said. “It’s quite achievable                    Athletics Championships, FIFA World Cup,       times.
                                                           that we can add the 2027 Rugby World Cup and                            Ryder Cup and FIH Hockey World Cup all
                                                           the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games to this                           undergoing live feasibility studies.
                                                           impressive list.
                                                             Major sporting events already scheduled to be
                                                           held in Australia include:
                                                             • Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 (cricket)
                                                             • FIBA Women’s World Cup 2022 (basketball)
                                                             •  UCI Road World Championships 2022 (cycling)
                                                             •  VIRTUS Oceania Asia Games 2022 (intellectual
                                                             •  World Transplant Games 2023 (transplant
                                                             •  FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 (soccer/football)
                                                             •  ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships 2025
                                                             •  Netball World Cup 2027.

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