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The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed Polytan as an official Global Supplier, guaranteeing them exclusive rights, including the supply of the turfs for the 2018 and 2022 Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The seven-year partnership, with an option for a two-year extension to incorporate the 2024 Olympic Games, represents a major leap for the FIH and is proof that the Hockey Revolution strategy provides hockey’s partners with real business opportunities.

This relationship signifies a major increase in the commercial value of hockey. As well as a significant investment, the agreement includes the provision of hockey turfs for the 2018 and 2022 men’s and women’s Hockey World Cups and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. One of the key features will be the creation of an FIH Hockey World Cup turf that will add value to Polytan’s product range and build brand equity for FIH.

The FIH will also actively support Polytan’s business in key growth markets such as India and China, and traditional hockey markets in Europe. Additionally, Polytan will be provided with a customised set of visibility, marketing and networking opportunities that are all designed to actively create new business.

Speaking about this news, FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather said:

We are delighted to confirm this partnership with Polytan, an organisation that has built a solid foundation of trust having delivered a number of world-class hockey turfs over the years, including at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic venues. Being named as our Global Supplier is recognition of both their continued investment in our sport and their innovative approach to developing top quality surfaces to play hockey on.

FIH President, Leandro Negre added:

Polytan’s commitment to hockey and growing the game, along with their professional approach and renowned quality ensured this was the perfect match for both organisations. We look forward to working with them to build hockey over the coming years through their commitment to and engagement in our 10-year Hockey Revolution strategy, aimed at making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup (owners of Polytan) commented:

This relationship is incredibly important for the future of hockey, a sport which we firmly believe in. That’s why we have done everything in our power to develop class-leading products to enable us to become a strong partner that FIH can trust.

This has involved a considerable amount of investment which has seen our experts draw upon the knowledge of FIH and seek practical input from the sport’s leading athletes. This shows just how passionate we are about providing the best for our customers – something that will be recognised by the sport as we continue to work with FIH to develop hockey over the coming years as part of our relationship.

This latest partnership follows last year’s launch of the FIH Quality Programme for Hockey Turf, aimed at ensuring good quality hockey fields are built for all levels of play, from elite level competition to community development. For more information about this programme, visit the Hockey Turf section of the FIH website by clicking here.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup, owners of Polytan (left), with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Frank Dittrich, CEO of SportGroup, owners of Polytan (left), with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

Main photo: Stephen Niven, CEO Sport Group Asia Pacific with FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather.

According to a piece by Kyodo reported on the Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) website, Yokohama Stadium has become a top candidate to host baseball during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Baseball and softball, which have not been played at the Olympics since 2008, are among the sports that 2020 organisers have nominated for the Tokyo Games in addition to the core Olympic program.

The other sports are surfing, skate boarding, sport climbing and karate. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will announce 2020’s additional sports this August, prior to the Rio de Janiero Games.

Tokyo Games organisers also looked into the Tokyo Dome and Chiba city’s QVC Marine Field as potential venues. However, Tokyo Dome’s candidacy suffers from the lack of nearby space needed for security and media. Chiba is already set to host three competitions, including wrestling, and it said that Kanagawa Prefecture is favoured by some for baseball out of a desire to achieve balance.

Organising Committee President Yoshiro Mori has previously indicated his stance to have some events hosted in Fukushima Prefecture in the heart of the area affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

 

The Yokohama Arena will host this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, which will include tours of many of the city’s sports venues, including Yokohama Stadium. To guarantee your place at this must-attend conference and exhibition, visit the website at: www.saevents.uk.com

 

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In a recent statement, the Mayor of Yokohama, Fumiko Hayashi, confirmed, “I am pleased to welcome Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 to Yokohama.” She continued:

Our city is home to YOKOHAMA ARENA, our venue for this event, has a capacity of approximately 17,000 and boasts a moveable seating system, enabling its use for a wide range of sports competitions and events. Numerous hosts have praised this venue for its well-equipped facilities, and it is utilized for events an impressive 300 days out of the year.

Furthermore, Yokohama has a high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) station, providing excellent transport connections to other cities within Japan, and the city’s beautiful harbor-front district scenery, world cuisine and other attractions offer plenty to do after event sessions.

By hosting Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, we hope to provide opportunities for its many participants to hold fruitful discussions and lively exchanges.

Fumiko Hayashi
Mayor of Yokohama

 

The 18th edition of our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, will be held at the Yokohama Arena, September 26-28, 2016. For further details, go to: www.saevents.uk.com

Our second Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition took place last week at the Singapore National Stadium. The 17th for Stadia & Arena, the event was hailed a “really great conference” providing “invaluable contacts” for those involved.

“I was impressed with the operation … and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.”
Jason Hill
Sydney Cricket Ground

“A great experience … to meet a lot of people in this industry.”
Masa Hayafuji
J-League

Literally billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at the event, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region. Those included Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium, Kai Tak Stadium Hong Kong in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.

The event began with exclusive ‘behind-the-scene’ tours of the Singapore Sports Hub, followed by our 50+ industry elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement.

The event finale gave all visitors the chance to hear from Wing Tan, Senior Facilitator at the Disney Institute on ‘overmanaging’ and ‘architected’ or attend a special local site tour to learn about artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.

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On the exhibition floor, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with experts across the entire spectrum of products and services, many of whom where exhibiting in Asia for the first time.

With the Asia Pacific region playing host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, and both the 2020 Summer & Winter Olympics, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan.

So please watch this space for details…


A comprehensive review of Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 will be available in the 4th quarter/Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management available later this year.

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