The Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) has prolonged the second version of the FIH Hockey Professional League until June 2021 because of the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 international well being pandemic.
Season 2 of the league was initially set to run from January to June 2020. Round one third of the deliberate matches have been accomplished between January and early March, earlier than the escalating COVID-19 disaster introduced the competitors to a standstill.
The FIH has additionally introduced that the window for season three of the league can be from September 2021 to June 2022.
The choice to unfold the Professional League season over an extended time interval will permit for larger flexibility when it comes to the scheduling, decreasing match congestion within the first half of the 12 months while additionally serving to to make sure that worldwide hockey stays extremely seen through broadcast for a lot of the 12 months, stated the FIH.
Talking concerning the selections, FIH Chief Government Officer Thierry Weil stated: “All of us imagine we’ve discovered the right path ahead concerning the present version of the FIH Hockey Professional League, giving ourselves further time to play the matches while additionally relieving stress on each the athletes and the calendar for 2021.
“Looking forward to the rest of the 2020-21 Season and past, the modifications that can be launched for Season three are one other vital step within the evolution of this unbelievable competitors,” he added.