First Hockey5s World Cup in Oman in 2024
The FIH, field hockey's world governing body, has announced Oman as the host of the inaugural Hockey5s World Cup.
The men’s and women’s tournaments will take place in the capital Muscat in January 2024.
Oman secured 13 out of 16 votes, to see off six other bidders including India, Pakistan and Singapore.
Hockey5s was created in 2019 with the aim of boosting the sport's global profile.
It is a five-a-side game but can be played on a regular 11-a-side pitch with rebound boards.
Matches last 45 minutes, split into three periods of 15 minutes, with two-minute intervals.
The inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cup will feature 16 teams per gender, with three teams from each continent, plus Oman, as hosts.
Thierry Weil, chief executive of FIH, said: “We’re looking forward to a wonderful inaugural FIH Hockey5s World Cup in Oman. This surely will be a great boost for the promotion of hockey both in the country and in the whole region. We’re convinced that Hockey5s will play a key role in the growth of hockey worldwide.
"This is why the World Cup has been created, as well as a Hockey5s World Tour which we are currently working on and which fans and athletes will have a glimpse of soon with the FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2021 event.”