Addressing mediapersons on Wednesday, Mohamed Issa al Fairuz, the ITPF president, said, “The fourth edition of the Tent Pegging World Cup will be staged in South Africa in 2021. We had a successful third edition in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2018. After the South Africa World Cup, the event will be held every four years. The World Cup in 2021 is an exception as it will be held after three years.”
“For the 2021 World Cup, qualfying rounds for four different groups will be held. The top three teams from each group will advance to the next round and the best six of the 12 nations will make it to the finals in South Africa,” added Fairuz.
Hosts Egypt will hold the first group qualifier in November. The other teams in fray are Jordan, Yemen, Australia, Germany, Syria, Sweden, Iran and Lebanon.
Oman will host the third group qualifier in January 2020. Besides hosts Oman, the other teams in fray are Sudan, Norway, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Nepal and Palestine.
The second qualifying group will feature Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Russia, US, Bahrain, Belarus, Canada and Kazakhstan. The host and the schedule will be decided later.
Similarly, the date and schedule of the fourth group comprising South Africa, Iraq, UAE, Qatar, UK, the Netherlands, Kuwait and Poland, is yet to be decided.
Fairuz said that in an effort to promote the game, the ITPF has introduced a series of beach tent pegging events along with military and youth events. He added the inaugural edition of individual tent pegging tournament will take place in Russia in August. Also the first edition of military tournament will be held in Jordan in October.
Pakistan will host two international events including the veterans' tournament in November and an U21 youth tournament in December.