COVID effect: FIH Junior Hockey World Cup to be held without spectators in Bhubaneswar

The men’s FIH Hockey Junior World Cup, starting November 24, will be held behind closed doors as organizers feel it will be difficult to enforce the COVID-19 protocols if spectators come in large numbers.

The junior showpiece event will be played from November 24 to December 5 at the Kalinga Stadium here. Host India is the defending champion.

Hockey India said, “With the widespread popularity of the game in the region and the expected crowd at the stadium, the organizers are of the view that it will not be possible to control the number of people and yet follow all necessary Covid guidelines and protocols.” Do it.” said in a release.

“Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic situation social distancing is a priority and the safety of fans and athletes needs to be prioritized… It is imperative to organize the tournament in an environment where the health and safety of the participating teams is of paramount importance. The Kalinga Stadium will be open only for accredited personnel and tournament participants.

Sixteen teams – hosts India, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States – will compete in the tournament.

After five days of pool stage matches, classification games will take place from 30 November, with the quarter-finals being played on 1 December, the semi-finals on 3 December and the final on 5 December.

Foreign teams are exempted from quarantine and will only need to be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms during their stay. They will have to follow the necessary health safety COVID-19 protocols.

Some mandatory protocols that visiting teams need to follow are pre-arrival RT-PCR COVID-19 tests for all participants, conducted within 72 hours of departure, and teams arriving from Europe and Central Airport Arrival Tests are mandatory for East.

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