The WBHF is alive and well through its early founding period. Having earlier announced the world championship for 3+1 ball hockey in Bratislava, Slovakia in November 2013, the details for the 5+1 WC has been recently circulated to participating nations. The WBHF 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships is officially announced as taking place June 4 to 9 with the cosmopolitan city of Toronto, Canada the backdrop for this historic event. As many as 20 nations are expected to participate, some with entries in both the men’s and women’s divisions, staging the largest gathering in the sport’s history with some 800+ players and team staff competing.
The Men’s A-Pool already boasts the strongest field of teams ever assembled for an international event. Top athletes representing Canada, Czech Republic, India, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, USA and the West Indies are confirmed and await as many as two more entries.
The Men’s B/C-Pool is expected to also feature as many as 10 competing nations, such as China, Croatia, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Poland, Serbia, and Spain among others whose applications are pending and/or being vetted. After round-robin play, this pool will play out with the top clubs vying for the B-Pool title and the balance competing in the C-Pool medal games.
The Women’s event is also building up with competitive squads representing Canada, Great Britain, India, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, and USA, with more to follow. The ladies’ championship will play down into two separate pools with the top nations chasing the A-Pool Gold and the remainder challenging in the B-Pool.
Billed as a senior event, the athletes are predominantly aged 18 to 35 years old with a sprinkling of exceptional younger players. This showcase of the sport in one of the largest hotbeds of ball hockey will attract large crowds and much media attention. Major sponsors will include international sports brand GIVOVA that has graciously extended an outstanding sponsorship apparel package.
More news on both WC events will follow as entries from national teams are confirmed and approved.
Plans are under way for several other major events in 2013 with continental championships, dekhockey international competitions and a Masters Cup.
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