Hockey India withdraws from 2022 Birmingham CWG; cites Covid considerations, discriminatory quarantine rules | Hockey News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India on Tuesday pulled out of subsequent yr’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games‘ hockey competitors, citing Covid-19 considerations and UK‘s discriminatory quarantine rules for travellers from the nation.
Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningombam communicated the federation’s determination to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra.
Hockey India reasoned that there’s solely a 32-day window accessible between Birmingham Games (July 28-August 8) and the Hangzhou Asian Games (September 10-25) and it may possibly’t danger sending its gamers to the UK which has been one of the worst affected nations by the coronavirus pandemic.
“You will appreciate that the Asian games is the Continental qualification event for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and keeping the priority of the Asian Games in mind, Hockey India can not risk any members of the Indian teams contracting Covid-19 during the Commonwealth Games,” Ningombam wrote.
The UK lately refused to recognise India’s Covid-19 vaccination certificates and imposed a ten-day onerous quarantine on travellers from the nation even when they have been totally vaccinated.
HI’s transfer comes a day after England pulled out of the FIH Men’s Junior World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar subsequent month, citing a quantity of Covid-related considerations and taking “note” of the Indian authorities’s necessary 10-day quarantine protocol for all UK nationals.
India imposed reciprocal curbs on all British nationals arriving within the nation after UK’s restrictions.
Under India’s new norms, all British nationals arriving right here from the UK, irrespective of their vaccination standing, should produce the consequence of the RT-PCR take a look at accomplished inside 72 hours earlier than journey.
They may even need to undertake two extra RT-PCR exams, one on their arrival on the airport in India and the second on Day 8 after arrival.

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