Following last week’s announcement by Hockey Australia and Hockey New Zealand that they will no longer be able to participate to the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 due to COVID-related international travel restrictions put in place by their respective governments, both teams have been replaced by the USA and Canada.
Since the qualification process for the event stipulates that the Pan American Hockey Federation has the quota of the first reserve, the USA – who finished third of the recent Junior Pan Am Championships – have been selected. The second reserve spot was attributed to the best team in the FIH World Rankings (Seniors) not yet qualified, namely Canada.
As announced by Hockey India earlier today, the event (24 November – 5 December) will take place in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, the outstanding venue which will also host the next FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup in 2023.
The match schedule, involving 16 teams, will be communicated at a later stage.
The list of Officials selected for the event is available here.
The last edition of the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup in 2016 was won by the hosts, India.
More details on the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup Bhubaneswar 2021 are available here.
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