South Africa bid to host Hockey World Cups in 2026

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Belgium celebrate winning the men's Hockey World Cup in 2018Belgium won the last edition of the men's Hockey World Cup in India in 2018

England and Wales have submitted a joint bid to host the men's Hockey World Cup in 2026.

The only previous men's World Cup staged in the UK was in London in 1986.

The hosts of the 16-team event will be announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in November.

"We look forward to working with both the FIH and our partners and sharing more information on the bid itself in the coming weeks," read a statement by England Hockey.

South Africa and Germany are also bidding to stage the men's tournament.

Australia, Uruguay and South Africa have tabled bids to stage the women's World Cup in 2026, while Belgium and the Netherlands (as co-hosts) and South Africa have put in combined bids to stage both events at the same time.

England finished fourth at the last men's World Cup in 2018 and have qualified for the next event in January 2023 in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, India, with Wales set to take part for the first time.

London hosted the women's World Cup in 2018, when England ranked sixth, and the next edition will be held next month in Spain and the Netherlands.

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