Terrassa will have its first hockey World Cup after 51 years

After 51 years of world championships for men and 47 for women, Terrassa corrects a historical anomaly and will host its first World Hockey World Cup. It will be the next women’s edition, from July 1 to 17, 2022, “the biggest sporting event” in the city of Valles – in the words of its Councilor for Sports, Miguel Ángel Moreno – since it was the Olympic branch of the stick discipline in Barcelona ’92.

A historical anomaly

Since the world championships were established (1971 and 1974), Terrassa had never organized a World Cup, although it hosted the men’s final in 1971

The world tournament, presented in Terrassa this Thursday, will feature the participation of 16 teams; 8 will play in the Vallesana town and another 8 in the Dutch town of Amstelveen, which co-organizes the International Hockey Federation (FIH) event.

“We are committed to organizing the 2022 Women’s World Cup, since India stayed with the 2023 men’s World Cup too. The Netherlands wanted it too, we sat down to negotiate and they liked the idea of ​​co-organizing it, it is the first time that it will be done. They accepted that the semifinals and the final were in Terrassa. So justice is done for Terrassa, because a World Cup should have been held for many years ”, explained to this newspaper the president of the Spanish Hockey Federation, Santi Deó, who was an international referee.

Laura Barrios against Argentina’s Maria Noel Barrionuevo at the Tokyo Games

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Since the two world championships were established, in 1971 the first for men, and in 1974 the first for women, Terrassa had not hosted any World Cup, although it hosted the 1971 final that was organized at RC Polo in Barcelona. The only women’s World Cups in Spain had been in Madrid, in 1978 and 2006.

Forecasts

The organizing committee expects the visit of 40,000 spectators in the 24 matches that the Estadi Olímpic de Terrassa will host

The World Cup, in its half Egarense, will host 8 of the 16 teams – one of them will be the Spanish -, who will play a total of 24 games at the Olympic Stadium, including the two in the semifinals and the final. “About 40,000 spectators are expected to pass through the Olympic Stadium,” explains Óscar Gallego, executive director of the organizing committee, which has already started the recruitment of volunteers. They expect to have 400 people, who will come from the hockey community of the city and Catalonia, as well as the general population and groups of the disabled.

The tournament will feature the involvement of the four hockey clubs in the city, CD Terrassa, Atlètic, Egara and Línia 22 HC, as well as Matadepera 88, which will give up their facilities for the training of the teams.

The organization of the World Cup has a budget of 3.2 million euros, in which the Terrassa City Council, the Diputació de Barcelona, ​​the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Higher Sports Council participate.

16 vacancies, 10 vacancies

Spain and the Netherlands are already classified for the 2022 World Cup as co-organizers; Belgium, England and Ireland

For now, Spain and the Netherlands are classified for the 2022 World Cup as co-organizers; Belgium, England, Germany and Ireland. The other 10 places are for representatives from Asia (4), America (3), Africa (1) and Oceania (2).

Spain will host the Women’s World Cup for the third time. The team led by Adrian Lock is the current world bronze medalist (in London 2018). According to the FEH president, the home tournament can be a boost for the team.

Santi Deó

“The women’s team is at an important level, at a time of maturity to achieve results. We are beginning to be respected “

“The women’s team is at an important level, they have bronze in the last World Cup in London’18 and bronze in the European 2019 (Antwerp); It is true that we did not achieve a medal in the last European 2021 and that in the Tokyo Games we did not reach the semifinals on penalties. We have a well-formed team that has been working with Adrian Lock for some time with 30-40 players, at a time of important maturity to achieve results. We are beginning to be respected ”.

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