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Olympians Georgie Twigg and Hannah Macleod set to return to action in Investec World League this summer

By JohnPakey  |  Posted: February 26, 2013

England internationals (from left to right) Hannah Macleod, Kate Walsh and Georgie Twigg look ahead to the Investec World League in London this June

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County Olympic bronze medal winners Georgie Twigg and Hannah Macleod and their England team-mates have been given home advantage after London was announced as the host city for the hockey Investec World League Semi Final.

Taking place at the University of Westminster's Quintin Hogg Memorial Sports Ground in Chiswick, London from June 22-30, Doddington star Twigg and Boston-born Macleod will be part of an event which is aiming to build on the success of the London Olympics which saw more than 630,000 people visiting the Riverbank Arena last summer.

Eight nations will compete in London. Alongside England, Olympic silver medallists Argentina, Australia and China all gain automatic qualification to the tournament given their top eight ranking. The remaining four women’s teams will be decided following the completion of the World League Round Two in Brazil in March.

England Hockey Chief Executive, Sally Munday, is thrilled with the decision to award the tournament to England: "Following the success of hockey at the Olympic Games last summer we have seen unprecedented interest from people wanting to play and watch our sport.

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"The Investec World League Semi Final provides the perfect opportunity for the British public to see many of our Olympians on home turf again after our women’s team captured the love of the nation last summer.

"As the only British team to win a medal at the London Games we are looking to continue the increase in publicity for women's sport and our aspiration to inspire a generation."

On announcing England as hosts, FIH President Leandro Negre said: "I am delighted that the Investec World League Semi Final tournament will be played in England. This is a great start to the London 2012 hockey legacy for the country.

"I would especially like to thank England Hockey for stepping in at short notice to host such an important FIH event."

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