BY ROMULUS HUTA
THE 2018 Federation of International Hockey (FIH) Men’s Hockey World Cup will be televised live in Solomon Islands for the first time.
The arrangement was made possible following a request by the president of Solomon Islands Hockey Federation (SIHF) Nihal Seneviratne.
“The Federation of International Hockey (FIH) has granted television broadcasting rights to Solomon Islands following a request by Solomon Islands Hockey.
“For the first time ever the tournament will be made available live on television in Solomon Islands.
“This is great gesture by the world body FIH to help promote the sport of Hockey in Solomon Islands.
“Hockey players and sports fans will be able to watch live the best men’s Hockey teams in the world,” Mr Seneviratne said in a statement yesterday.
“Big thanks on behalf of the Executive Board of Solomon Islands Hockey to Our Telekom Television (TTV) and management for making this possible.”
The world cup will begin on November 28 (tomorrow) and will conclude with the finals on December 16 in India – featuring 36 matches played over 19 days.
Neighbouring Australia, who is the current world number 1, will be gunning for its third straight world cup title – a feat no other team has managed to achieve since the inception of the tournament in 1971.
The Group stage starts Wednesday night, scheduled for 10:30 pm Solomon Islands time with Belgium going against Canada and followed by India and South Africa at 12:30 am.