NEW DELHI: The governing body of hockey said on Thursday that Pakistan will participate in the Men's World Cup this year in India despite the acute tensions between the two countries.
Pakistan has qualified for the World Cup in the Indian city of Bhubaneswar between November 18 and December 16. But Pakistan could fear the cancellation of the test of the 16 teams while the neighbors are frozen.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH), however, told AFP that no participating nation had indicated problems that could lead to withdrawal, or that India refused to allow a nation to participate.
"We are eager to host the 16 qualified teams and we have not received any concerns from the participating teams or the host about this," an FIH official told AFP in an email. .
"FIH strongly believes that hockey is an inclusive sport that celebrates diversity and promotes friendship and respect."
India's indiscriminate cricket team did not go to Pakistan in January for the 50-year World Cup, forcing its matches to be exchanged against the United Arab Emirates.
The main cricket teams of India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2013 due to the tense political climate. India accuses its neighbor of supporting militant activities, particularly in the disputed Kashmir region.
The teams of kabaddi, squash and wrestling from Pakistan did not go to India for big tournaments last year either.
Pakistan, which did not qualify for the 2014 World Cup, is the most successful team in the sport's flagship event with victories in 1971, 1978, 1982 and 1994.