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  • Federations Roundup: Field Hockey, IAAF, Soccer, Sailing


    2010 FIH Men’s World Cup

    The International Field Hockey Federation announced that the 2010 men’s World Cup is provisionally scheduled for New Delhi.
    FIH president Els van Breda Vriesman announced the New Delhi plan this week. (FIH)  

    The Indian Hockey Confederation must meet certain targets in event organization and participation in FIH's "Project Promoting Indian Hockey" program in time for a final confirmation in March.

    "The improvement of Indian hockey is critical for the sport's future, both in India and internationally," says FIH president Els van Breda Vriesman.

    Van Breda Vriesman declined comment on the nature of the targets set for the IHC, Indian media report.

    India was once a field hockey powerhouse, but the level of play has declined in the country far enough that earlier this year, the country's government removed it from a list of sports that get priority government funding.

    It would be the first time India has hosted the event since 1982 when it was held in Mumbai.

    JAAF President Yohei Kono with IAAF President Lamine Diack at the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun ceremony. (IAAF)  
    IAAF President Receives Honor

    IAAF president Lamine Diack received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, Japan’s oldest award, at a ceremony in Tokyo. The award is the highest ranked decoration of Japan which can be given to foreigners with the exception of Royal Family members or Heads of State. Diack received the honor due to his organization of the IAAF World Championships in Osaka earlier in the year.

    FIS Calls Youth to the Snow

    At its Autumn meeting, the Council of the International Ski Federation announced a plan to "Bring back Children to the Snow". The project is in preliminary planning stages now, but the FIS envisions partnering with governments, schools, tourism organizations and UNESCO to attract children and their families to the sport.

    At the Bariloche, Argentina meeting, the FIS Council also approved a partnership with Infront Sports & Media to work on Alpine World Cup marketing.

    The Council also approved qualification and participation criteria for the 2010 Games, extended until March 2008 the deadline for bids to host the 2013 Snowboard World Championships, and reinstated funding to the Kazakhstan Ski Association with a warning to comply with anti-doping guidelines.
    LP Field in Nashville will host the semifinals and finals of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament.  

    U.S. Hosts Olympic Soccer Qualifying

    The United States will host the CONCACAF under-23 championship, which will serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2008 Olympics in men's soccer. Stadiums in Tampa, FL, Nashville, TN, and Carson, CA, will host games from March 10-23, with semifinals and finals played in Nashville. The two finalists in the eight-team tournament will compete in Beijing.

    IAAF Athletes of the Year Finalists

    The finalists for the IAAF Athlete of the year have been announced. On the men’s side, the finalists are Tyson Gay (USA), Haile Gebrselassie (ETH), and Liu Xiang (CHN). On the women’s side it’s Meseret Defar (ETH), Carolina Klüft (SWE), and Blanka Vlasic (CRO). The athletes of the year will be announced at the World Athletics Gala in Monaco on November 25.

    Sailing: 2011 Worlds, Hall of Fame

    Perth has been named host city of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships. The event is scheduled to be held in December 2011.

    In other ISAF news, the federation announced the first six members of its Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Estoril, Portugal. The inductees are Paul Elvstrom (DEN), Robin Knox-Johnson (GBR), Ellen Macarthur (GBR), Olin Stephens (USA), Eric Tabaraly (FRA), and Barbara Kendall (NZL).

    Luge Sponsor Renews

    Eberspächer has renewed its sponsorship deal with the International Luge Federation for two years. The company makes heaters for automobiles.

    Denmark Bids for 2011 European Volleyball

    Denmark has announced its bid for the 2011 Men’s European Volleyball Championships. The host city will be named in September 2008.

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