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1999 Champions Trophy preparations well underway

Brisbane, Australia is busy preparing for the 7th women's and 21st men's Champions Trophy scheduled for 10-20 June, 1999. With just over nine months until the event, the organising committee is pleased with the response to its recently released ticket packages.

Here are some important details about the event:

  • The 1999 FIH Joint Champions Trophy will be held from in mid-June 1999 at the State Hockey Centre, Brisbane, Australia.
  • This is the first time the Champions Trophy has been held as a joint event in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The State Hockey Centre will host the 36 games of world-class hockey.
  • The women's teams that have already qualified for the 7th women's Champions Trophy are: Australia (hosts, Champions Trophy Holders, Olympic and World Champions), along with the next top five ranked countries from the 1998 World Cup: Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Korea and New Zealand.
  • The men's teams will be finalised on completion of the 20th Men's Champions Trophy in Lahore, Pakistan. Already guaranteed to appear in Brisbane are the hosts, Australia, and the winner of the Lahore Champions Trophy. The Olympic and World Champions are also automatic qualifiers (that's the Netherlands in both cases), unless they happen to finish last in Lahore. The sixth place team will drop out (unless hosts Australia finish sixth), and the next highest ranked World Cup team not already qualified - that is Korea - will join the fray in Brisbane.
  • Champions Club and Super Passes went on sale for the event in early August.
  • Expressions of interest have already come from supporters and media from Canada, New Zealand, England and Pakistan.
  • The Champions Trophy will incorporate a festival atmosphere with activities for children, family groups and pre and post-game entertainment.
  • The city of Brisbane is preparing for the Champions Trophy with a number of committees established to co-ordinate hospitality, protocol and VIP services.
  • A daily newsletter will be distributed at the event providing updates on game scores, team placing and other statistics.
  • The Organising Committee ahas circulated two newsletters world-wide, and the next newsletter is due to been released in November.
  • All information pertaining the 1999 FIH Joint Champions Trophy is available on the organiser's Internet site - www.championstrophy.com.au and on the FIH site FIHockey.org.