The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced the tender process for key competitions that are scheduled to take place between 2023 and 2026.
The FIH CEO Thierry Weils declared that “hockey’s profile is rising” and has invited media firms from around the world to compete for the rights to transmit its marquee tournaments. The first-ever Hockey5s World Cup planned to take place in Muscat, Oman, in January 2024, is one of the lucrative broadcast rights up for grabs.
The FIH is also looking for bids for the Olympic qualifiers in 2023 and 2024, the men’s and women’s Hockey World Cup in 2026, and the Hockey Indoor World Cup in 2023 and 2025.
Other events up for grabs are the men’s and women’s Hockey Pro League seasons of 2023-2024, 2024-2025, and 2025-2026, as well as the men’s and women’s Hockey Nations Cup from 2023 to 2026.
The tender procedure for the men’s and women’s Hockey Junior World Cups in 2023 and 2025 has already begun. Companies have been given time till June 24 to submit their offers.
“With 30 million players around the world in key markets in every continent, a gender equal participation – 51 per cent women, 49 per cent men – and a growing portfolio of FIH events with the inclusion of the very first FIH Hockey5s World Cup in 2024 and the launch of the FIH Hockey Nations Cup this year, hockey’s profile is rising,” said Weils.
“Therefore, I can only urge all broadcasters looking for an Olympic, global, gender-equal, dynamic and growing sport, to send us their bid for the next broadcasting rights cycle.”