The International Hockey Federation (FIH) will do away with its Hockey Series events after this year to enable its member associations to focus more on continental qualifiers and championships, the game’s governing body said on Tuesday.
Insisting that the inaugural edition of the ongoing FIH Pro League has been a success, the world body said it will stop the Hockey Series events, which also serve as World Cup and Olympic qualifiers, after this year.
Instead, the world body has decided to give more emphasis on continental tournaments for qualifications in big events like the World Cup and Olympics.
The decision was taken at the FIH Executive Board’s first meeting of the year on March 15 and 16 at its headquarters here under the chairmanship of its president Narinder Batra.
“The FIH Series events will be discontinued after 2019, allowing National Associations to focus on participation in continental qualifiers and championships,” the FIH said in a statement.
“The FIH will review the World Cup qualification system with more weight given to Continental championship performance.
“A report about the FIH Pro League highlighted the successful launch and first two months of the new global FIH competition, and how all parameters, in particular athlete welfare, are being thoroughly analysed in order to finalise the 2020 match schedule with all stakeholders,” it added.
The FIH has ratified the new WADA approved anti-doping programme.