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Osaka targets global expansion with FIH deal

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has agreed a four-year partnership with hockey fashion and equipment brand Osaka.

The agreement, which runs through to 2022, names Osaka as an FIH global supplier in the category of manufacturers and/or wholesale distributors of hockey sporting apparel and footwear and hockey equipment.

The deal covers a host of major FIH events including the Pro League from 2019 to 2022, Series Finals in 2019 and 2021, summer Olympic Games qualifiers in 2019, the 2020 Indoor World Cup, 2021 Junior World Cup and the women’s and men’s World Cups in 2022

Osaka will also provide all kit for umpires, technical officials, local judges, ball patrol teams and FIH staff at the federation’s events.

Stephen Butler, chief executive of Osaka Hockey, said: “With this new FIH partnership, Osaka aims to expand the brand globally, to develop hockey in other countries and new markets, and to spread the love for the game by bringing hockey to the next level.”