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New Zealand Refuses to Visit India for FIH Hockey Pro League Games

Rupinder Pal Singh (Photo Credit: Hockey India Twitter)

New Zealand’s matches in opposition to Indi on May 29 and 30 in Bhubaneswar had been postponed after they refused to journey.

  • IANS
  • Last Updated:May 17, 2021, 17:45 IST

The Indian males’s hockey workforce misplaced a chance to check its aggressive ability after its FIH Hockey Pro League residence matches in opposition to New Zealand this month had been postponed because the opponents refused to go to India as a result of raging Corona pandemic.

The two matches had been to be held on May 29 and 30 in Bhubaneswar.

“Due to the second coronavirus wave in India, the New Zealand males’s hockey workforce has refused to journey to Odisha to play the Pro League matches in opposition to India,” a supply advised IANS on Monday.

The matches would have additionally helped India put together for the Olympic Games, scheduled to start out on July 23 in Tokyo.

Earlier, the Indian males’s workforce’s Europe tour to play a collection of Pro League matches had been delay, once more as a result of pandemic.

The Great Britain leg of Pro League in London on May eight and 9 was postponed as Indians had been denied visas as a result of coronavirus instances surged in India. The Spanish leg of the league in Valencia on May 15 and 16 was additionally postponed because the workforce couldn’t journey to Spain.

Germany, too, restricted travellers from India and the hockey workforce couldn’t play matches on May 22 and 23 in Hamburg.

Last month, India competed within the Argentina leg of Pro League. Since then the core group of 33 gamers have been coaching at Sports Authority of India coaching centre in Bengaluru.

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