first_imgThe Champions Trophy was the showpiece annual event in The Champions Trophy was the showpiece annual event in the FIH calendar until the birth of the Hockey World League, rendering the Champions Trophy into a biennial event. The 2018 Champions Trophy will be the third and final edition on the bi-annual roster. Not too long ago, the Champions Trophy was the biggest FIH event outside the Olympics and the World Cup. The seven countries that play in the 2019 GHL are assured of featuring in the elite home-and-away competition for four years, Negre said. He said the GHL would be a nine-team competition from 2021, after which relegation and promotion would be introduced in 2023. Negre said South Africas pullout from the 2016 Olympic Games lineup had prompted serious discussions in the FIH. “We cannot fight with the National Olympic Committees that do not want to send their teams to the Olympics, but we want all continents to be represented,” said Negre. “This is not the first time it has happened and we feel bad that the African continent is not represented in the Olympic competition.” The FIH, he said, had now decided that if a continents qualifier pulls out and another team from that continent had not qualified, the FIH would step in. “If no other country from that continent had qualified from the FIH tournament and the continental champion pulled out, we will directly allocate the spot to a country from that continent,” said Negre. But this nominated country must figure among the top 20 in the FIH rankings, he added. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img

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