However, the Indian Olympic Association (IOC) have now put a full stop on all those speculations by saying that Pakistan would be travelling to India for the Hockey World Cup 2018 after getting clearance from the Government of India.
"I was always happy holding event in Odisha because it is very friendly state and the environment is also very friendly. I am happy it is happening in Odisha. Pakistan is in qualified 16 teams for the World Cup. Government of India, Ministry of Sports and Ministry of External Affairs 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 International Olympic Committee (IOC), so no country can be stopped," Batra, who succeeded N Ramachandran from Tamil Nadu as a new president of IOC in December, said.
Earlier, the Pakistan hockey team became the 13th side to qualify for the World Cup after making a seventh-place finish at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London 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 the 2014 World Cup which was played in The Hague.
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