England Hockey is very excited with the FIH’s plans to develop Hockey 5s. The FIH Hockey 5s World Cup being hosted in Oman has come as a surprise and we have written to the FIH to ask for clarity on the process and decision. This has been answered in some part by the recent FIH statement.
England Hockey are passionate about making the sport welcoming to everyone and inclusive to all communities. As it stands, the process for nations to qualify for the Hockey 5s World Cup has yet to begin. If England were to qualify, the Board would reserve their right to not participate, subject to fully understanding how the FIH and the Omani authorities are working towards making the event inclusive for players, officials and fans alike.