Melbourne to host FIH event

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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced that Melbourne will host the 2012 Men's Champions Trophy " the final edition of the event before it undergoes a major revamp."

The Australian city will host the tournament from 1–9 December at the State Netball Hockey Centre, which also staged the 2009 edition of the Champions Trophy. The 2012 Champions Trophy will mark the last annual edition of the event. The introduction of the FIH World League later this year will see the Champions Trophy become a biennial event commencing in 2014 with the mens tournament in India and the womens event in Argentina. Melbourne is always a great venue to go back to, and we are looking forward to possibly seeing a new era commence, a new era of players, and a fantastic Champions Trophy in Melbourne, said FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather. Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany have already qualified as teams ranked one to five in last years Trophy in Auckland. Belgium will join them as winners of the 2011 Champions Challenge 1 with the FIH set to decide the final two participants. The winners of the competition at the London 2012 Olympics are guaranteed participation.

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