Pakistan to participate in 2018 Hockey World Cup in India despite acute political tensions, says FIH

Hockey's governing body indicated on Thursday that Pakistan will take part in the men's World Cup this year in India despite acute tensions between the two countries.

AFP February 16, 2018 09:13:50 IST
Pakistan to participate in 2018 Hockey World Cup in India despite acute political tensions, says FIH

New Delhi: Hockey's governing body indicated on Thursday that Pakistan will take part in the men's World Cup this year in India despite acute tensions between the two countries.

Pakistan to participate in 2018 Hockey World Cup in India despite acute political tensions says FIH

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Pakistan have qualified for the World Cup to be held in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar between 18 November and 16 December. 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 AFP 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," an FIH official told AFP in an email statement.

"FIH strongly believes that hockey is an inclusive sport, aimed at celebrating diversity and promoting friendship and respect."

India's blind cricket team did not go to Pakistan in January for the 50-over World Cup, forcing their matches to be switched to the United Arab Emirates.

India and Pakistan's senior cricket teams have not played a bilateral series since 2013 because of the tense political climate. India accuses its neighbour of supporting militant activities, particularly in the disputed Kashmir region.

Pakistan's kabaddi, squash and wrestling teams also did not travel to India for marquee tournaments last year.

Pakistan, who did not qualify for the 2014 World Cup, are the most successful team in the sport's showpiece event with title wins in 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994.

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