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Australia Pulls Out of Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup in India, Pro League Due to Covid-19

Australia on Friday pulled out of a number of upcoming FIH tournaments, together with the junior males’s hockey World Cup slated to be held in India later this yr, citing COVID-19 associated authorities journey restrictions. The junior males’s World Cup is scheduled to be held in November-December this yr. The venue is but to be confirmed.

Hockey Australia additionally introduced that the Tokyo Olympics silver medallists and their Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand can even skip season three of the Pro League, which begins subsequent month. “Australia and New Zealand is not going to participate in Season three of the FIH Pro League (scheduled to start out in October 2021) on account of COVID associated authorities journey restrictions and uncertainty in each nations,” HA stated in an announcement.

“All taking part nations and the FIH Pro League Council agreed it was untenable for worldwide groups to journey to Australia and New Zealand, in addition to for Australian and New Zealand groups to play abroad and return with out having to quarantine,” it added. Australia and New Zealand have strict COVID-19 quarantine restrictions in place, making it troublesome for them to hosts different groups.

“Based on threat evaluation and present Australian authorities well being recommendation, Hockey Australia will not be contemplating abroad hockey-related journeys at the moment,” stated HA Acting CEO, Michael Johnston. “The resolution on our absence from the FIH Pro League was a collective one agreed on by all nations primarily based totally on different nations’ problem or incapability to journey into Australia and New Zealand.

“In Australia it’s obvious the easing of worldwide journey restrictions remains to be a method off and not one of the competing nations needed to enter the subsequent Pro League season with no degree of assuredness,” he added. Apart from the match in India and Pro League, Australia can even miss the junior ladies’s World Cup in South Africa later this yr and the Indoor World Cup in Belgium and the Masters Indoor World Cup within the USA in 2022.

HA High Performance Pathways Manager Ian Rutledge, who has been overseeing preparation for Australia’s participation on the junior males’s and girls’s World Cups, stated: “The previous 18 months have been such a difficult interval for these athletes who’re at present within the window to compete at these World Cups and who’re aspiring to grow to be the subsequent crop of Hockeyroos and Kookaburras.” “Hockey Australia’s top priority is the safety and wellbeing of its athletes and staff and this decision reflects that.”

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