London chosen to host 2015 EuroHockey Championships

London has been chosen as the venue for the 2015 EuroHockey Championships, much to the delight of Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, who believes the decision is further proof that the forthcoming Olympics have restored faith in the nation’s ability to stage major events.

England’s capital city defeated the challenge of four other venues and the event will be staged at the Olympic Lee Valley Centre.

“If there’s one thing above all else that London 2012 has shown, it’s that people now trust us to deliver on what we promised,” he said.

“Clock back to early last decade - the Millennium Dome, Wembley Stadium and then Picketts Lock.

“With Picketts Lock we won the right to stage the 2005 World Athletics Championships but couldn’t build a stadium to host it. The reputation of British sport was absolutely on the floor.

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“What London 2012 has proved is that the most complicated project in sport is here, on time and under budget.

“London 2012 has already changed the perception of British sport.

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“It’s transformed the way people look at us. Think about where we were 10 years ago and where we are now.”

The EuroHockey Championships are the next stage in the England Hockey Board’s (EHB) plans for establishing a long-lasting legacy for hockey.

“We’re thrilled to have been named as the host of the EuroHockey Championships 2015,” EHB chairman Philip Kimberley added.

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