The Indian males’s hockey crew’s aggressive worldwide assignments forward of the Tokyo Olympics are successfully over.
The crew’s upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League away matches in opposition to Spain and Germany, scheduled on May 15-16 and May 22-23 respectively, have been formally postponed because of the COVID-induced journey restrictions.
“The FIH, Hockey India as well as the National Associations of Germany, Spain and Great Britain are currently looking at all potential options to rearrange these matches at a later date,” the International Hockey Federation stated in a press release.
With matches in opposition to Great Britain, initially scheduled in London on May 8-9 additionally postponed, India’s solely remaining worldwide task earlier than the Tokyo Olympics was anticipated to be house Pro League matches in opposition to New Zealand on May 29-30. But whereas the FIH hasn’t formally known as them off, the video games have already been marked as postponed on its web site.
Many international locations have paused flights from India as a consequence of the second wave of the pandemic, Germany being certainly one of them.
If these ties usually are not rescheduled earlier than Tokyo, which appears extremely unlikely in the intervening time given the large surge in COVID instances within the nation, the lads are more likely to be coaching at house until their departure for the Games.