Great Britain overcame New Zealand to win women’s hockey bronze at London 2012 and the Black Sticks suffered another defeat as England were announced as hosts for the Women’s World Cup in 2018.
The final bidding process saw England and New Zealand go head to head as the final shortlisted candidates to host the tournament.
And it was England who were ultimately successful, adding the 2018 Women’s World Cup to the 2015 EuroHockey Championships that has also been secured.
The purpose-built Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is currently being developed as part of the hockey legacy following the London 2012 Olympic Games, will play host to the events.
England Hockey Chairman Philip Kimberley said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have secured the World Cup.
“It’s of huge importance to us as we look to build our momentum and increase the visibility of our sport.
“We have an excellent track record of driving interest and participation through major events, and hosting world-level events of such significance means we can continue our sustained effort to get more people playing and watching our sport, and in particular deliver a legacy of female participation in hockey. My thanks go to all concerned who worked with us on the bids.”
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