India has been provisionally awarded the right to stage the 2010 men's World Cup hockey championship in Delhi.
International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Els van Breda Vriesman said on Wednesday India has been asked to meet certain targets by March before the world governing body gives final confirmation.
"We are delighted to be back in India with the World Cup for the first time since 1982," she told a news conference.
"The improvement of Indian hockey is critical for the sport's future, both in India and internationally."
The championship is seen as part of the FIH's bid to halt the slide at world level of the former eight-times Olympic champions and also tap into India's booming economy for sponsors.
India was the unanimous choice at the world body's executive meeting which began in New Delhi on Wednesday, she said.