International Hockey Federation scraps traditional qualifying round for World Cup.

KARACHI -- The International Hockey Federation tweaked qualifying rules ahead of the women and men's world cups in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

The decision was made during an e-conference of FIH executive board chaired by President Dr Narinder Batra.

The newly introduced rules eliminate traditional qualifying round.

Instead, the teams' will be judged on their performance at the final competition of Continental Championship 2021.

Previously, continental champions directly qualified for the world cup while other teams played a qualifying tournament.

In the new system, four teams from Asia, including the hosts, will qualify for the men's Hockey World Cup on the basis of their position in Asia Cup 2021.

Seven teams from Europe, two each from Pan America and Oceania, and...

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