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 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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