Coronavirus: India’s FIH Pro League Matches Against New Zealand Called Off Due To COVID-19

India’s previous round of residence matches in the FIH Pro League next thirty day period were¬†cancelled on Friday following the New Zealand men’s hockey workforce called off its Asian leg of the function due to the journey limitations imposed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. India was scheduled to host New Zealand for the two-leg tie on May well 23 and 24 in Bhubaneswar. New Zealand, in truth, has also cancelled its excursion to China. “Next the New Zealand government’s journey limitations and govt lockdown which we find ourselves in at existing, blended with the professional medical suggestions of our workforce doctors and in the interests of the health and fitness, basic safety, and properly-currently being of our players and aid workers, the final decision has been manufactured by Hockey New Zealand to terminate our tour of India (Males) and China (Ladies) at this existing time,” HNZ main executive Ian Francis mentioned.

New Zealand manufactured the final decision following the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) hinted of extending the suspension of Pro League matches until July-August due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FIH, in truth, had suspended the Pro League 2 times before due to the pandemic. The earth hockey human body very first had postponed all matches scheduled ahead of April 15 and later on prolonged the deferment until May well seventeen simply because of the novel coronavirus which has killed much more than 95,000 globally.

India manufactured an spectacular debut in the 2nd version of the FIH Pro League, presently put fourth in the standings following 3 ties towards the Netherlands, earth champions Belgium and Australia.

New Zealand, on the other hand, is in the sixth place. Each sides have recorded two victories each in the opposition so much.

The matches towards New Zealand was India’s previous round of residence matches in the Pro League and third successive cancellation following the absent ties towards Germany (in Berlin on April 25, 26) and Terrific Britain (in London on May well 2, three) was currently called off simply because of the worldwide pandemic.

Hockey India CEO Elena Norman expressed disappointment above the cancellation of the matches but backed New Zealand’s final decision amid this worldwide health and fitness crisis.

“It is disappointing that the matches towards New Zealand will need to be cancelled at this time, but these are unavoidable situations and we aid Hockey New Zealand’s final decision,” she mentioned.

“Basic safety of players and their aid workers is a major priority for every Nationwide Sports activities Federation. I want the New Zealand workforce all the quite most effective and hope to host them again quickly in India the moment the scenario increases for teams to journey.”

The Hello official educated that followers who have currently booked tickets for these matches will get total refund.

“Hockey India would like to validate that all the tickets of India’s matches towards New Zealand on 23 & 24 May well 2020 that ended up acquired by our followers no matter if on the internet or offline would be refunded,” Norman mentioned.

“Looking at the current scenario, we will only be equipped to validate the dates for refund on a later on day the moment the scenario increases considerably.”