2022 European Indoor Championships to be held in Hamburg in December
Dragflick Newsdesk : Good news for all indoor hockey fans: The European indoor hockey championship for women and men, which was postponed shortly before Christmas due to the spread of the Omicron variant and was actually supposed to take place in Hamburg in mid-January, will be held from December 7th to 11th, 2022 in the Hamburg sports hall.
This was announced by the European Hockey Association on Wednesday in Brussels. The best eight women’s and men’s national teams in Europe will then travel to the Hanseatic city to determine the new title holders.
Hamburg’s Sports Senator Andy Grote :
“With the Hockey Pro League and the European Indoor Hockey Championships, Hamburg 2022 will be all about hockey. After the postponement due to Corona, we are now doing everything we can to bring the best national hockey teams to the Active City twice this year. Above all, our German hockey men and women will hopefully really get going here with the fans behind them and gain new self-confidence. For Active City and all hockey fans, this European Championship will be an early Christmas present and a great way to end this sporting year.”
DHB President Carola Morgenstern-Meyer :
“We are very happy that we can now host this European Championship. Indoor EMs are always first-class stages for our sport and extremely popular crowd pullers. Our thanks go to the EHF for their trust in us as organizers – also and especially in the difficult phase, since a postponement for pandemic reasons was unavoidable. We are also very grateful that Active City Hamburg is once again supporting us as a partner. Together we will present a brilliant double European Championship – and last but not least, an emotional premiere for a parallel indoor European Championship for special hockey teams.”
Angus Kirkland , Director General of the European Hockey Federation, said:
“We are delighted to announce the new date for the EuroHockey Indoor Championships Men and Women. And we look forward to organizing a fantastic event together with the DHB and ending 2022 on a positive note for our athletes and fans.”
Top-class field of participants remains the same
Nothing will change in the field of participants compared to the planned January edition of the European Indoor Championships:
The German women will start in the preliminary round against the Czech Republic, ex-European champion Ukraine and European debutant Turkey. In the other women’s group, the Netherlands, Belarus, Austria and Russia are fighting for the two semi-final places.
The DHB gentlemen have to deal with Belgium, Russia and Switzerland. In the other preliminary round group are indoor world champions Austria, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Belarus at the start.
Tickets remain valid
As already announced, the tickets already purchased, including the seat reservations, remain valid. The ticket holders will be informed about this in the coming days by the pre-sale portal www.hockeyticket.de . The pre-sale of the remaining contingents for the new indoor EM date is expected to start in the spring.