The England Hockey Board (EHB) today learned that it has failed in its bid to bring the men’s and women’s hockey World Cups to London in 2014. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced at its Congress and Forum in Montreux, Switzerland, that the Netherlands has won the right to host the tournaments.
The bid from the England Hockey Board (EHB), which was developed with the support of Visit London's Events for London and UK Sport's major event teams and was backed by promoter Frank Warren, had proposed hosting the men’s and women’s tournaments in tandem at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre, hockey’s legacy facility from the 2012 Olympic Games.
Sally Munday, Chief Executive of the England Hockey Board, who led the bid team, said:
“This is a real disappointment for hockey in England. We thought the London bid provided a fantastic opportunity to engage with the 630,000 spectators that will be attending hockey matches at the London Olympics but clearly it was not meant to be. We felt that our focus on the legacy for hockey in this country and the commercial package that we put together would stand us in good stead; however, we always knew that it would be tough competition against the Dutch bid. Hockey is huge in the Netherlands, they have great experience in hosting world level events and I am sure the 2014 World Cups will be very successful.”
Simon Morton, Head of Events at UK Sport, said:
"Although we are disappointed not to have been awarded the 2014 Hockey World Cup, we are proud of the bid that was submitted to the FIH. We worked hard with the England Hockey Board to ensure that we presented the best possible vision we could for the event and although on this occasion we were not successful, we could not have done any more. We would like to congratulate The Netherlands who we are sure will stage an excellent event."
Iain Edmondson, Head of Events for London, said:
"Although London has been unsuccessful in the hockey World Cups bid today, London is still one-hundred percent focused on being the most exciting sporting destination in the world. The Events for London team worked hard on the 2014 hockey World Cups bid and naturally we’re disappointed that London wasn’t chosen this time for this event. However we have learnt a huge amount from the bid process and we believe we can use this information to target and win other major sporting events in the future.”
Frank Warren said:
“It’s a shame that we have not been able to bring the 2014 hockey World Cups to London as I’m sure it would have made an excellent spectacle for the sporting public in this country.”
Philip Kimberley, Chairman of the England Hockey Board, said:
“We are really disappointed not to have won this bid after all our hard work but are sure that the Netherlands will host an excellent event.”
photos Janos Schmidt