The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the scrapping of Hockey World League competition has forced the FIH to rework its qualification process for the next edition of the World Cup, allocating more spots to continental events.

The International Hockey Federation’s Executive Board on Tuesday issued the fresh qualification process to finalise teams for the 2022 Women’s and 2023 Men’s World Cups. While 11 of the 16 spots would be filled through the five continental championships, the remaining five would be decided through FIH qualification events, to be held in March 2022.

The changed rules now allow both finalists at the 2021 women’s Asia, Oceania and Pan-American Championships to qualify for the World Cup while for the men, Asia gets an extra spot at PanAm’s expense.

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