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Men’s Hockey World Cup

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The first swing for the Men’s World Cup starts from Wednesday 28th November – Sunday 16th December at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on Poligras Platinum World Cup Edition. This event will unite 16 world class nations from across the world including hosts from India.

The world’s best players and teams on this earth strive for the almighty title to be World Champion.

With India finishing fifth in the Asian Games it will be exciting to watch some of India’s favourites, such a Varun Kumar and Indian captain Manpreet Singh’s battle it out against the world’s top players.

Polytan will be providing updates of these players performance throughout the largest hockey event for 2018.

For more information on the latest in Polytan hockey surfaces, download our Hockey brochure here

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For more on the Men’s World Cup http://www.fih.ch/events/world-cup/

2018 Women’s Champions Trophy, China 17 – 25 November

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With the Men’s Hero Asian Champions Trophy only finishing up last month, the FIH Women’s Champions Trophy is in full swing! The last edition of this global event features six of the world’s leading international teams battling it out to win the 23rd Women’s Champions Trophy title at Wujin Hockey Stadium from Saturday 17 – Sunday 25 November. This international event will be played on the new world class Polytan surface called Tokyo GT.

Tokyo GT uses Green Technology, as Polytan are careful and precise with our use of resources throughout the products life cycle. Starting right from the selection of raw materials to the production, installation use, to the disposal and recycling.

This FIH (International Hockey Federation) event will further strengthen our partnership with the FIH and their 10 year strategy of supporting hockey globally to help inspire the next generation. Polytan and JDH (Jamie Dwyer Hockey) have joined forces and are working together to provide elite international hockey players with the best playing conditions possible.

For more information on JDH Hockey merchandise

Click here for the Polytan FIH Congress Brochure

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2018 Hero Asian Champions Trophy 18-28 October 2018

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The Oman Hockey Association (OHA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) will be hosting the Men’s Hero Champions Trophy this month. This FIH event will take place in Muscat, Oman from 18 – 28 October 2018.
Asian Hockey Teams including India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Korea, Japan and Oman will battle it out to win the Hero Asian Champions Trophy for 2018.

Polytan is a proud partner of the Asian Hockey Federation and keen to promote the growth of hockey throughout the region, from grassroots through to the elite. As a FIH Global Supplier since 2016, Polytan continues a strong association with elite hockey competition and is pleased to work with passionate federations such as the AHF that when combined, stimulate the growth of hockey worldwide.

The games in Oman will also feature Polytan and JDH Brand Ambassadors from the Indian hockey team – Captain Manpreet Singh and Varun Kumar. Be sure to follow our social media sites to keep up to date with all the action and news stories from this exciting 10 day event!

Polytan are delighted to be partnering with the Asian Hockey Federation. For more on the AHF please visit http://www.asiahockey.org/

Drone shot of La Paz Stadium

Flying High In Bolivia – Rekortan Synthetic Surface

Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz is the legendary football stadium with a running track, in which is located 3,627 metres above sea level. 

The Estadio Hernando Siles was named after the Bolivian president from 1926 to 1930. Organisers chose a classic brick red for the colour of the running track, because it is in perfect harmony with the historical setting of the stadium, which dates all the way back to 1931.

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La Paz Stadium Athletics Complex

The stadium now offers optimum training and competition conditions for athletes. The 400-metre track dates back to the 1970’s and has been renovated with the IAAF Class 2 certified Rekortan synthetic surface.

The professional sports surface from Polytan, has already proven its fitness for international competition in numerous stadiums around the world. The surface offers a combination of optimum acceleration, tread elasticity and outstanding sports medicine values.

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La Paz Stadium Athletics Complex

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German World Cup success on Polytan Synthetic Turf

After the national team coached by Joachim Löw went out of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, German football fans finally have reason to celebrate! Germany have become the small-sided football world champions in Lisbon. In an exciting final on 29 September, Germany won the game 1-0 against Poland. This was enough to put the coveted World Cup trophy into German hands on the city’s most famous square, the “Praça do Comércio.”

Soccer World Cup Stadium in Lisbon

Socca World Cup Stadium

The final like all other matches was played on “LigaTurf Socca” synthetic turf by Polytan. This surface was specifically created for the World Cup of the International Socca Federation (ISF).

This gives us double cause to celebrate! Firstly, the players on the small-sided game helped Germany become world champions. Secondly, the sensational success in Portugal was also achieved on a Polytan synthetic turf. We congratulate the national team and its coach Malte Froehlich on their magnificent title win and we are looking forward to further exciting games in the future.

Like the robust, easy-care LigaTurf Cross, the LigaTurf Socca synthetic turf combines smooth and textured filaments to deliver the best of both worlds. The exclusive look of the 47 x 28 m large mini pitch on the “Praça do Comércio” in Lisbon came from its unique colour scheme. All smooth fibres are green and all the textured ones are blue. This helped the playing surface become an unmistakable trademark of the Socca World Cup 2018 in Lisbon.

2018 SOCCA WORLD CUP IN LISBON: POLYTAN SYNTHETIC TURF FOR SMALL-SIDED FOOTBALL WORLD CUP

2018 Socca World Cup Stadium

2018 Socca World Cup Stadium

It’s a truism that after every world championship the focus is on the next. The same applies for football. But it would be a mistake to think of 2022 and Qatar already. Because the next World Cup is happening at the end of September and it will be held in Lisbon. The Portuguese capital will play host to 32 teams from around the world as they battle it out for the biggest title in small-sided football. The venue for the Socca World Cup is the stadium in the Praça do Comércio, which has been built specially for this event. This square marks the centre of the vibrant capital city and is where all the matches in the tournament will be held.

Germany’s national team will also be in on the action under the excellent leadership of national coach Malte Froehlich and assistant coach Sebastian Maak. The games will be played just like the “big ones”: the group stage consists of eight groups, each with four teams. The teams all play each other with the aim of finishing in the top two of each group to reach the last sixteen. They then move on to the knockout stage to try and make it to the final on 29 September 2018. The German team’s first opponent is India, followed by Croatia and Angola. The games are played on a half-size pitch – and on synthetic turf from Polytan.

LigaTurf Socca Surface for the 2018 Socca World Cup

Polytan has created the “LigaTurf Socca” playing surface in conjunction with the International Socca Federation (ISF) specifically for this major event. This synthetic turf is custom-made and has smooth and textured filaments like the LigaTurf Cross system, although in this case they are green and blue. And this surface is likewise extremely robust and easy to maintain. Friedemann Söll, Head of Product Management & Marketing at Polytan, comments on “LigaTurf Socca”: “We are proud that our latest technological advances enable us to contribute to an event that brings so much pleasure to people across the world.

Events of this kind show that sports events are moving increasingly from out-of-town stadiums into the inner cities and the big squares where they can reach spectators on an emotional level. We provide easy-to-install, temporary systems to cater for this clearly identifiable trend so that professional sport can be practised in such venues as well. And, needless to say, we are also taking the opportunity to demonstrate the numerous attributes of synthetic turf systems in Lisbon in conjunction with our partner ISF.”

2018 Socca World Cup Stadium

Shahzeb Trunkwala, Vice-President of the ISF, emphasised the fact that its partnership with Polytan is set to continue after the current World Cup and into the future. Christoph Koechy, who manages all the sponsorship activities around the World Cup, believes he is receiving the best possible support from Polytan and the “very best artificial turf you can get anywhere.”

18 August – 2 September • The Asian Games

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The Asian Games is the second biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics. The 18th edition of this spectacular event is currently being held in Jakarta-Palembang from Saturday 18th August – Sunday 2nd September.  The event is conducted every four years and The Asian Games is a sporting event where athletes from all Asian countries come together to compete. From many sports such as archery to water polo, this event is one that can be enjoyed by all. In 1958 hockey joined the Asian Games and has been a popular event ever since.

This fierce hockey tournament is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the Asian Hockey Federation. The Asian Hockey Federation govern, develop and promote hockey within the continent along with 31 Member National Associations.

Polytan are proud partners of the Asian Hockey Federation and wish all the teams playing on our synthetic hockey – Poligras surface the best of luck.

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7 August – 12 August • European Athletics Championships, Berlin

The 2018 European Athletics Championships is held in Berlin, Germany, from 7 to 12 August 2018.  Athletes from a total of 49 member federations of the European Athletics Association will compete at these Championships. On top of this a total of 30 athletes will complete as Authorised Neutral Athletes and 1 athlete will compete as part of Athlete Refugee Team.

Polytan Germany helped design one of the special features of this European Championship, a second sports venue in the city centre, on Breitscheidplatz to be more precise. Whilst the majority of events will take place in one of the most beautiful athletics stadiums in the world – the Olympiastadion Berlin, the opening and all medal presentations will take place at Breitscheidplatz.

This will be an innovation in the 84-year history of the European Athletics Championships, building a bridge between the stadium and Berlin’s city centre. Konstantin Krause, former athlete and current director of the European Mile, shared his comments on this event:

“There has never been anything like it. It is a courageous step in the right direction for athletics. The athletes, fans and officials are given a place where emotions can be lived and where everyone can really come together. Athletics is truly being brought to the people.”

And Polytan will be fostering this vision in a number of ways. We are supporting the “European Mile” project at Breitscheidplatz as an official supplier of the 2018 European Athletics Championships. Our blue Polytan track will really grab the spectators’ attention, framing the event area for the duration of the European Championships.

Read more about Polytan Germany’s involvement with the 2018 European Athletics Championships >>

1 August 2018 • Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards

 

The annual Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards recognise the achievements of people with disability, those who support them, and the inclusive sport and recreation sector across the state.

It is an opportunity to celebrate the athletes, volunteers, officials, coaches, clubs, communities, venues and programs that enable and empower people with disability to get active, achieve their goals and live happier lives.

The creator of these awards, Disability Sport and Recreation (DSR) believe every person has the right to live the life they want, with opportunities to take part in sport and recreation for improved health and wellbeing.

Research indicates inclusive sporting facilities allow athletes of all abilities to feel accepted and empowered. Able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability can participate in sport alongside each other in the same facility. This promotes increased participation levels and the sharing of positive experiences creating a happier and healthier lifestyle for everyone.

Polytan Asia Pacific support the development of inclusive sporting facilities globally. Recently joining forces with DSR, Polytan hope to further raise awareness about the benefits of creating inclusive facilities for every community, and supporting venues with knowledge on how to implement changes successfully.

THE POLYTAN INCLUSIVE SPORT, RECREATION OR OPEN INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD
The City of Melbourne’s North Melbourne Recreation Reserve and Newcomb Power Football Club have been nominated as finalists for the Polytan Inclusive Sport, Recreation or Open Infrastructure Award.

The North Melbourne Recreation Reserve has created a soccer field for the blind and the Newcomb Power Football Club has established a plan allowing disabled athletes post Auskick, to play in the junior competition with the assistance of an on-field helper.

Polytan would like to congratulate both nominees on the successful delivery of inclusive facilities and programs. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 1 August 2018 in Melbourne.

21 July – 5 August 2018 • HOCKEY Women’s World Cup

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Come and see Polytan at the 14th edition of the largest women’s hockey event in the world. The Women’s Hockey World Cup will be played at the home of hockey Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre on Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England on Saturday 21st July – Sunday 5th August 2018. Every four years the world’s greatest teams from 16 world class nations including England will play the biggest international hockey battle of the year. This is the most treasured victory in hockey besides the Olympics and the place where legends are created. Starting from 2018 onwards the tournament will boost up to 16 teams. There will be more games to enjoy through four group stages, quarter finals and classification matches. A  huge boost in the Women’s World Cup prize money has been announced, so this will be a very competitive and thrilling event to watch. This is the first time England has held the Women’s Hockey World Cup in London and this could be your last chance to attend, so get your tickets here: http://www.fih.ch/events/world-cup/world-cup-2018/hockey-world-cup-london-2018-w/

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