International Hockey Federation Current Affairs - 2020

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2020 Hockey Pro League: Bhubaneswar to host India’s home matches

International Hockey Federation (FIH), the sport’s governing body announced that Bhubaneswar will host India’s home matches of 2020 Hockey Pro League. Odisha’s Capital Bhubaneswar has become a hockey hub in India as it has been hosting a majority of tournaments. The city most recently hosted Olympic qualifiers.

Key Highlights

The 2020 Hockey Pro League will be played between 11 January and 28 June 2020. It will feature 144 matches in the coming season.

The first match will feature the Netherlands and China on 11 January 2020 at the Wujin Hockey Stadium in Changzhou, China.

The first team that India will host in second Hockey Pro League is the Netherlands on January 18.

Australia’s home matches will be played in Perth and Sydney and England will be playing its share in London, UK.

THE VENUES:

ASIA: India: Bhubaneswar; China: Changzhou

EUROPE: Germany: Mengladbach, Hamburg, Berlin; Spain: Valencia; Great Britain: London; The Netherlands: Utrecht, Rotterdam, Hertogenbosch, Amsterdam; Belgium: Antwerp

USA: North Carolina; Argentina: Buenos Aires, San Miguel de Tucuman

Australia: Perth, Sydney; New Zealand: Christchurch, Auckland

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FIH Player of the Year Awards

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) Player of the Year Awards are the annual awards for the best men’s and women’s player in international hockey in a given calendar year as determined by a peer and public vote.

FIH Awards 2019

FIH Player of the Year, Men: Arthur van Doren (Belgium)

Women: Eva de Goede (Netherlands)

FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, Men: Vincent Vanasch (Belgium)

Women: Maddie Hinch (Great Britain)

FIH Rising Star of the Year, Men: Arthur de Sloover (Belgium)

Women: Lucina von der Heyde (Argentina)

FIH Player of the Year Awards were established in 1998 and have been awarded annually ever since. In 2001 the FIH Young Player of the Year award was instituted to award the best young field hockey player of the year.

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