Hockey India postpones all national championships indefinitely after country-wide lockdown extended
'These tournaments have been postponed indefinitely and we will announce new dates basis the evolution of the COVID-19 situation in India,' Hockey India president said.
New Delhi: Hockey India on Tuesday postponed all its rescheduled national championships indefinitely after the national lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic was extended till 3 May.
These tournaments were rescheduled to start on April 29 and continue till July 3 but have been suspended for now.
"...Hockey India has taken a decision to postpone the remaining annual 2020 Hockey India National Championships keeping in mind the well-being of all our stakeholders including the players, Coaches, organisers, fans and officials," Hockey India President Mohommed Mushtaque Ahmad said.
"These tournaments have been postponed indefinitely and we will announce new dates basis the evolution of the COVID-19 situation in India," he added.
Ahmad said HI is working with the relevant central and state government departments to ensure that all necessary precautions are duly taken to maintain public health.
He said the participating member units must use this period to continue to update the member unit portal with player details.
"We would like to thank the various Hosts and Member Units who have been extremely co-operative to accommodate the request to postpone.
"I would also like to urge all the participating Member Units to continue to update the Member's portal with player's registrations and use this time effectively," Ahmad said.
The 2020 Hockey India National Championships that have been postponed indefinitely are as follows:
10th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2020, Ranchi, Jharkhand (B & A Division) earlier scheduled from 29 April to 9 May and 7 May to 17 May respectively.
10th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2020, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (B & A Division) earlier scheduled from 14 May to 21 May and 19 May to 30 May respectively.
10th Hockey India Sub Junior Women National Championship 2020, Hisar, Haryana (B & A Division) earlier scheduled from 3 May to 14 May and 12 May to 23 May respectively.
10th Hockey India Sub Junior Men National Championship 2020, Imphal, Manipur (B & A Division) earlier scheduled from 28 May to 4 June and 3 June to 13 June respectively.
10th Hockey India Senior Men National Championship 2020, Guwahati, Assam (B Division) earlier scheduled from 20 June to 3 July.
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