The upcoming Junior Women's Hockey World Cup in South Africa is being cancelled as a new variant of coronavirus, causing whispered concern across the world.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH), the South African Hockey Association and the North-West University of Potchefstroom have collectively taken the decision that the event will not take place as the new coronavirus variety is being found in South Africa. The event has been rescheduled to 5 to 16 December this year at Potchefstroom.
FIH CEO Thierry Weil said in a statement concerning the health that "The safety of everyone involved in FIH events is of paramount importance," said FIH CEO Thierry Weil. "it is simply not possible to continue with the event as scheduled. "This is quite dissatisfying. The importance of an FIH Junior World Cup for the development of young players cannot be overstated. It was also the first time an FIH World Cup was scheduled to be held on African land. I'd like to thank all teams for their patience, as well as the local organizers for their hard work and collaboration on behalf of the FIH," Weil said.
FIH stated that they will keep an eye on the matter and will soon take the decision of the tournament. Lalremsiami, a member of India's senior women's hockey team, was set to head the country's 18-member junior side to the competition in South Africa. 16 top teams around the globe will go against the title which was won by Argentina last year.
Recently two matches of the united Rugby Championship had been postponed due to the same reason and other golf tournaments as well.
The world health organization is also going to schedule a meeting regarding this new variant of coronavirus, adding to this several flights in different countries has already been banned and also to necessarily quarantine for two weeks for travellers from South Africa, including nationals.
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