The International Hockey Federation postponed this year’s inaugural FIH World Hockey 5s event to 2022 on Wednesday due to the “uncertainties” surrounding the global development of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ‘FIH Hockey 5s Lausanne 2021’ event was initially scheduled for September this year but has now been postponed to next year.
FIH CEO Thierry Weil said in a statement that the decision was made to “maintain the event’s full promotion potential.”
However, he agreed that the decision was disappointing, given the global exposure of the Hockey 5s.
He added: “I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all the stakeholders who have helped us greatly so far, in particular the city of Lausanne, Canton Vaud, Fond du Sport Vaudois, the Swiss Hockey League, our partners and all the teams that have confirmed their participation.”
“I look forward to continuing our preparations together and invite all hockey fans to join us next year!”
Next year’s event, which will take place at the Place de la Navigation, a privileged location near Lake Léman on the border of the Olympic capital, will offer an exciting mix of intense competition, musical entertainment, and extra activities, such as starting a game of hockey. Year.
Access will be free and tournaments, both men and women, will be broadcast live around the world on watch hockey a program.