Marc Coudron: "The goal is to have the Men's World Cup in 2022 and women in 2026" – © JASPER JACOBS – BELGA
For the President of the Royal Belgian Hockey Association, contacted by us, this is the right time to apply. "We made the decision after the organizational and sports success of the Euro at the end of August" Explain Marc Coudron at the microphone of Christophe Reculez. "We did a debriefing internally and we thought it would be a great opportunity to go further and organize international events in Belgium. This is a great opportunity. I hope we will have a positive answer."
In front of Belgium, two other countries are positioned: Malaysia and India. Belgium seems to have its chances. But you have to evaluate the files in a global way. "From a strictly sporting point of view, we have our chances. From the financial point of view, we have a file but I do not know what Malaysia and India have got into their project. This factor is important."adds Marc Coudron.
Belgium is only positioned on the men's tournament. "The goal is to have the Women's World Cup in 2026, so to have in both years the two tournaments. It's too much to organize both tournaments at the same time" add the president of the federation.
According to our information, the will is good to organize this world cup in Brussels, more precisely in Uccle where should be erected the national stadium. But the possibility of seeing this world cup taking place in Antwerp (on the site of the last Euro) is not excluded. "We are in a pre-decision phase, so far we have no stadium anywhere, time is running out, we hope to have a Walloon, Brussels and Flemish decision for a national stadium in Brussels or regional (in Antwerp and Wavre)"Marc Coudron finishes."The World Cup and the stadium are two different files. We would like a lasting situation for the future development of Belgian hockey."