26/10/2021

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Hockey India Withdraws From 2022 Commonwealth Games Due To Covid Concerns

India pulled out of next year’s Commonwealth Games, scheduled to played in Birmingham.© AFP

India on Tuesday pulled out of next year’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games’ hockey competition, citing COVID-19 considerations and UK’s discriminatory quarantine rules for travellers from the nation. Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningombam communicated the federation’s final decision to Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) President Narinder Batra. Hockey India reasoned that there is only a 32-day window out there concerning Birmingham Games (July 28-August eight) and the Hangzhou Asian Games (September 10-twenty five) and it can’t threat sending its gamers to the Uk which has been one particular of the worst impacted international locations by the coronavirus pandemic.

“You will recognize that the Asian games is the Continental qualification occasion for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and preserving the precedence of the Asian Games in brain, Hockey India can not threat any users of the Indian teams contracting COVID-19 all through the Commonwealth Games,” Ningombam wrote.

The Uk lately refused to recognise India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificates and imposed a 10-day tricky quarantine on travellers from the nation even if they have been completely vaccinated.

HI’s shift will come a day soon after England pulled out of the FIH Men’s Junior Globe Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar next month, citing a quantity of COVID-linked considerations and getting “be aware” of the Indian government’s mandatory 10-day quarantine protocol for all Uk nationals.

India imposed reciprocal curbs on all British nationals arriving in the nation soon after UK’s constraints.

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Below India’s new norms, all British nationals arriving right here from the Uk, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to create the outcome of the RT-PCR examination carried out within 72 several hours in advance of vacation.

They will also have to undertake two extra RT-PCR exams, one particular on their arrival at the airport in India and the 2nd one particular on Day eight soon after arrival.

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