India's FIH Hockey Pro League matches against Great Britain postponed due to COVID-enforced travel restrictions
India and Great Britain were scheduled to play on 8 and 9 May in London
The FIH Hockey Pro League matches between India and Great Britain, scheduled for 8-9 May in London, were on Wednesday postponed following the UK government's decision to add India to the travel 'red list'.
"FIH, Hockey India and Great Britain Hockey are monitoring the evolution of the situation in the hope of rearranging these matches at a later date," a FIH release said.
India will still travel to Europe in May to play the Pro League matches against Spain (15-16 May) and Germany (22-23 May) while Great Britain will host Germany (12-13 May), USA (Women, 22-23 May) and Spain (Men, 22-23 May).
Australia and New Zealand are continuing their efforts to find a date for the matches between them following the announcement of a trans-Tasman travel bubble this week.
The UK government added India to its COVID-19 travel 'red list' on Monday. From April 23 onwards, UK residents arriving from India will have to quarantine in a hotel for 11 nights.
Others from India will not be able to travel to the UK at all.
India have recorded a total of 2,95,041 fresh infections in the last 24 hours while the active cases crossed the 21-lakh mark.
Erstwhile powerhouse of the game, India won last of their eight Olympic gold medals in the 1980 Moscow Games, and will be hoping to end the drought later this year.
Kaushik, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold-medal winning Indian team, had tested positive for COVID-19 on 17 April and was admitted to a nursing home in New Delhi.
While Britain would not delay plans to ease restrictions on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the spread of the variant could force the government to change course