FIH Professional League has been postponed by one yr until June 2021 after a slew of matches had been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Final Up to date: April 24, 2020, 5:35 PM IST
Lausanne: The Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday prolonged the second version of its prestigious Professional League by one yr until June 2021 after a slew of matches had been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Season 2 was set to run from January to June 2020 and round one third of the matches had been accomplished by early March earlier than the escalating COVID-19 disaster introduced the competitors to a standstill.
The FIH mentioned the choice was reached after settlement with 11 taking part international locations, together with India.
India are at present fourth on the desk with 10 factors from two wins and as many variety of losses and attracts behind Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands.
“On account of ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 world well being pandemic, and in settlement with the 11 taking part Nationwide Associations (NAs), the second version of the FIH Hockey Professional League is being prolonged via to June 2021,” the FIH mentioned in a launch.
The FIH was pressured to droop the Professional League twice earlier. It had first postponed all matches scheduled earlier than April 15 and later prolonged the deferment until Could 17 due to the novel coronavirus which has killed greater than 1.9 lakh folks globally.
The world hockey physique was planning to carry the ties in July and August, supplied the present state of affairs improves.
In settlement with all taking part international locations, the FIH additionally introduced that the window for Season three of the FIH Hockey Professional League will probably be from September 2021 to June 2022.
“The choice to unfold the Professional League season over an extended time interval will permit for better flexibility when it comes to the scheduling, decreasing match congestion within the first half of the yr while additionally serving to to make sure that worldwide hockey stays extremely seen by way of broadcast for a lot of the yr.