Muscat – The main committee of FIH Hockey5s World Cup 2024, which will be hosted by Oman from January 24 to 31, 2024, unveiled the championship trophy at a colourful ceremony held in Al Mouj Walk Way on Saturday.
Commissioned by FIH (International Hockey Federation), the trophy – of gold, weighing 5kg – was made in Switzerland and symbolises modernity and contemporaneity in hockey. It will tour several places in Muscat governorate in the coming days.
The ceremony was held under the auspices of H E Basil bin Ahmed al Rawas, Undersecretary for Sports and Youth in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, in the presence Dr Marwan bin Juma al Juma, Chairman of Oman Hockey Association, OHA officials and members of the organising committee of FIH Hockey5s World Cup.
On the occasion, H E Rawas said, “Organising committees are working hard to host this important international event and promote the sultanate. The first edition of the FIH Hockey5s World Cup has come after the prestigious sporting position that Oman achieved at the continental and international levels of the game. Hosting this event will benefit the sultanate in the sports, tourism, cultural and economic fields.”
Juma informed that a new stadium complex in Amerat built to host the global event will be completed in the coming days. It has been built to the latest standards and design approved by FIH.
“The integrated complex includes the main stadium in which the official matches will be held, in addition to four other training fields. Sixteen matches will be played daily during the tournament, each of 30 minutes.
“Oman Hockey Association will spare no effort to promote this great event to be hosted by the sultanate,” Juma said.
“The trophy will tour around Oman, introducing the community to the sport of hockey and the spectacle of the global event to be hosted by the sultanate from January 24 to 31.
“In the past few years, Oman has been able to rise in international hockey rankings to reach 26th.”
According to Juma, Oman Hockey Association is currently working to develop the women’s team to compete at the international level.
“The World Cup will inspire the younger generation to play hockey and follow the stars of the game in the tournament,” Juma said.