All FIH Pro League matches for the coming month have been postponed, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed on Saturday.
Incidentally, the Indian hockey men’s team, along with Argentina and Great Britain, are the only ones to not have their matches in the FIH Pro League postponed as they do not play during this period.
The Indian hockey men’s team currently lies fourth in the FIH Pro League with 10 points, with two outright wins, two wins in the penalty shootouts following draws, and two losses.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared COVID-19, the deadly version of the coronavirus, as a pandemic and the FIH and the national associations participating in the FIH Pro League took the decision to push fixtures back, in line with WHO recommendations.
“Together with the National Associations involved, I think we’ve taken the appropriate decision in order to enable teams to play important high-level matches later in the season – especially considering their preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020,” said FIH CEO Thierry Weil.
“In the meantime, we will keep on monitoring the global evolution of the situation closely, following the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the decisions of the public authorities.”
FIH Pro League back in action on April 25
The decision has affected as many as 12 matches in the men’s FIH Pro League, with the double-header between Spain and Australia this weekend the first to be postponed.
The women’s FIH Pro League will witness 14 matches being postponed starting with the China vs Australia double-header this weekend.
The Indian hockey men’s team is likely to be seen in action if the FIH Pro League restarts post April 15 as they travel to Berlin for two matches against Germany, which represent their first away fixtures of their debut season in the FIH Pro League.
The women’s FIH Pro League may also return to action the same weekend at Berlin a few hours before the men’s game as Germany take on China on April 25 and 26.