The Indian girls’s hockey staff was on Thursday compelled out of the continuing Asian Champions Trophy after considered one of its participant examined constructive for COVID-19, becoming a member of Malaysia which was additionally compelled to withdraw after being hit by the dreaded virus right here.
A day after the cancellation of its matches in opposition to defending champions Korea and China respectively, an Asian Hockey Federation supply informed PTI that the Indian staff is now not competing within the occasion. The facet is at the moment in quarantine and the identification of the participant who has examined constructive has not been revealed.
“Last version’s runner-up India are out of the match as a result of a constructive case within the squad. India will now not take part any additional within the match,” the AHF supply mentioned.
While India had been scheduled to tackle hosts Korea on Wednesday, they had been slated to fulfill China on Thursday.
“With the well being and security of the gamers being paramount, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s match in opposition to China on ninth December won’t happen,” Hockey India had tweeted on Wednesday.
The pandemic had forged its shadow on the match on Monday itself when India’s second match in opposition to Malaysia was cancelled as a result of COVID-related points.
Malaysia was finally compelled out after considered one of its gamers, Nurul Faezah Shafiqah Khalim, examined constructive for COVID-19 upon arrival.
India had earlier thrashed a lowly Thailand 13-Zero with drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur scoring 5 objectives.
India are the highest-ranked staff collaborating as they sit ninth within the International Hockey Federation’s girls’s rankings.
The Women’s Asian Champions Trophy was initially scheduled for 2020 however was postponed a number of instances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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