Due to the coronavirus crisis, India’s last round against New Zealand in the FIH pro league has been cancelled. Reportedly, the Kiwi team will be unable to complete their Asian leg as the two matches on the 23rd and 24th of May, which were to be held in Bhubaneswar, will not be possible.
The chief executive of Hockey New Zealand, Ian Francis said “Following the New Zealand government travel restriction and government lockdown which we find ourselves in at present, combined with the medical advice of our team doctors and in the interests of the health, safety and well being of our players and the support staff, the decision has been made by hockey New Zealand to cancel our tour of India and China at this present time.”
At FIH Hockey pro league 2020, The Indian team is currently at fourth spot and New Zealand is at the sixth. Interestingly, both the teams have recorded two victories each in the competition.
The CEO of Indian hockey Elena Norman showed her support in favor of the decision taken by the New Zealand hockey team of cancelling their tour to India, as she said that this is a critical time for the whole world, as the safety of players and support staff also matters. She also told that Hockey India would love to host the New Zealand hockey team once everything settles.
The fans have bought the tickets for the matches beforehand, but after Seeing such a situation, it has been decided that the money will be refunded whether they have bought it online or offline, once the situation improves.