World's top men's teams
ready for action during
20th Men's Champions Trophy

The 20th Men's Champions Trophy will be staged in Lahore, Pakistan from 31st October to 8th November, 1998 with the word's top men's teams participating. In action in Lahore will be World and Olympic Champions, the Netherlands (Utrecht, Netherlands - June 1998 and Atlanta, USA - July 1996), Champions Trophy holders, Germany (Adelaide, Australia - October 1997), hosts Pakistan, along with the next highest ranked countries from the 1998 men's World Cup, Spain and Australia. England, which was supposed to have taken part, withdrew from the tournament in early October (please see press release section for more detail).

The FIH has received assurances from PHF Hon. Secretary, Syed Mudassar Asghar, of the smooth conduct of the event. He has also confirmed that the existing surface in the National Stadium in Lahore will be replaced with a new surface - Poligrass H2OZ - in time for the event.

Extensive television coverage of the 20th Men's Champions Trophy is being planned by host broadcaster, PTV. In addition, ESPN STAR Sports plans to broadcast 10 matches live. The opening day of the Champions Trophy will see a replay of the World Cup medal matches as Holland and Spain kick off in the first match of the tournament and Germany and Australia, the third and fourth place World Cup finishers, meet up again in the second match.

The International Hockey Federation will be represented by FIH President, Juan Angel Calzado. Tournament Director for the 20th Men's Champions Trophy is Roger Self of England and Umpires' Manager is Dennis Meredith of Australia. A full listing of tournament officials accompanies this story.

The PHF has negotiated special hotel rates for members of the media wishing to cover the Champions Trophy. Accommodation can be booked at the official tournament media hotel: Hotel Sunfort - Lahore, 72-C/1, Commercial Zone, Liberty Market, Gulberg-III, Lahore, Pakistan. Phone: +92 42 576 3810, Fax: +92 42 575 4277. The hotel is five minutes walking distance from the National Stadium.

The Champions Trophy for men is held every year with the world's top six teams participating. The team finishing sixth in Lahore will be dropped from the following year's competition - unless it is Australia, hosts for the 1999 Champions.

The Pakistan Hockey Federation was instrumental in establishing the men's Champions Trophy, which was first held in Lahore in 1978. The 1998 tournament will mark the 10th time Pakistan has hosted the event.

The FIH Executive Board will hold its next meeting on 7th November in Lahore in conjunction with the Champions Trophy.