England Hockey have followed the lead of some of its fellow national governing bodies by formally submitting a bid to host the women’s version of the World Cup in London in 2018.
London will play host to the European Swimming Championships in 2016 and the World Athletics Championships in 2017, among other major events, with hockey looking to get in on the act.
The 2015 European Championships are already coming to the capital with a bid made to the International Hockey Federation for the women’s World Cup three years later.
The World Cup bid forms part of a portfolio of bids for major events in the forthcoming years also including the men’s Champions Event and both gender’s World League Semi-Finals.
The purpose built Lee Valley Hockey Centre, the 2012 Olympic Games legacy facility, will play host to the events with host of the women’s World Cup in 2018 to be named by the FIH on November 7.
And England Hockey chief executive Sally Munday said: “We have a clear goal to increase the visibility of hockey in England, which in turn will help drive participation and ultimately elite performance, and events such as the World Cup will be central to achieving these objectives.
“Recent international hockey events have shown the large and passionate following in England for our national teams, boosted by our women’s team winning a silver medal at last month’s EuroHockey Championships.
“In addition to London hosting the 2015 EuroHockey Championships, the World Cup 2018 is one of a series of bids we’ve submitted to host international events in the coming years, aiming to continue the momentum we’ve generated and keep hockey in the forefront of the public’s minds and mainstream media.”
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