India has been awarded the 2018 men's field hockey World Cup, "the second time in a span of eight years the country will be hosting the mega event having successfully organised the previous edition three years ago," according to PTI. The '18 edition "will see an expanded field with 16 teams competing in both men's and women's events." India last hosted the World Cup in New Delhi in '10 while the next edition "will be held next year in The Hague, Netherlands in the first two weeks of June." The announcements were made by Int'l Field Hockey Federation (FIH) President Leandro Negre at a special ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland (PTI, 11/8).
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The Women's Squash Association said that "there will be no Women’s World Open squash championships this year," according to Kng Zheng Guan of THE STAR. A "last minute push to have Egypt organise the world meet in mid-December has fallen through" and as such the WSA "has finally run out of options." The WSA "sent an email to their tour players on Friday night stating their regret at being unable to organise a world meet this year." The WSA, however, "proposed to hold a world meet next March" for the calendar year of 2013, before having another world meet for '14 later in the year. This is "the first time since 1991 that there is no world meet for the women" (THE STAR, 11/9).
The Aegon Championships at Queen's Club "has been granted World Tour 500 status from 2015 along with the Gerry Weber Open" in Halle, Germany. Both events "are pre-Wimbledon warm-up tournaments and have been upgraded from the Tour 250 tier" (SKY SPORTS, 11/8). ... The Int'l Cycling Union (UCI) announced that the third and final round of the '13-14 UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico. The competition will take place from Jan. 17-19 at the Guadalajara Pan American Velodrome (UCI).