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Pakistan to visit India for 2018 Hockey World Cup

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The hockey team will travel to to participate in the 2018 World Cup, which will be hosted in Bhubaneshwar, in November-December this year.

Earlier, there were speculations that four-time champions will not visit to play in amidst the ongoing political tension between the two neighbouring nations.

However, the (IOC) have now put a full stop on all those speculations by saying that would be travelling to for the 2018 after getting clearance from the

IOC told ANI that is an international event and that if any country is a member of the IOC then no one could stop them from participating.

"I was always happy holding event in because it is very friendly state and the environment is also very friendly. I am happy it is happening in Pakistan is in qualified 16 teams for Government of India, and have given all the clearance. So, Pakistan will be coming in India. It is an international sporting event and if you are a member of the (IOC), so no country can be stopped," Batra, who succeeded N Ramachandran from as a new of IOC in December, said.

Earlier, the Pakistan hockey team became the 13th side to qualify for after making a seventh-place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in as well as in the wake of their favourable results at the EuroHockey Championships.

Pakistan, who have been the most successful team in the tournament history, having won four times - 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994, had earlier failed to qualify for which was played in

India last hosted the in 2010 in which Pakistan played. They will now host the prestigious tournament in Odisha from November 28 to December 16 at the

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 18:53 IST
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