Below you will find the official information we received from the WMH.
Ranking & Divisions
Why do the 2020 age rules apply also in 2021:
There are three main drivers behind the decision. The first one is that this is still the World Cup 2020 so we felt the original rules should still apply. The second one is that many countries haver spent the last two years building their teams and are very keen that they get the chance to play together. The third reason is that several players who will move up a year in 2021 have already committed significant sums into going to the chosen venue (including sightseeing and holidays) and they are only being offered the opportunity to re-book. It makes no sense for these players to have a holiday in one place and then have to travel to another location for their hockey.