New Delhi (February 16, 2018): Hockey’s governing body indicated that Pakistan will take part in the men’s World Cup this year in India despite acute tensions between the two countries.
Pakistan has qualified for the World Cup to be held in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar between November 18 and December 16. But fears have been raised that Pakistan could skip the 16-team event as sporting ties between the neighbours are frozen.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) told however that no participating nation has indicated problems that could lead to a withdrawal, or India refusing to let any nation attend. “We are looking forward to welcoming all 16 qualified teams. We have not received concerns from any of the participating teams nor the host about this matter.
“FIH strongly believes that hockey is an inclusive sport, aimed at celebrating diversity and promoting friendship and respect.