Hockey India Withdraws From 2022 Commonwealth Games Due To Covid Concerns

India pulled out of subsequent 12 months’s Commonwealth Games, scheduled to performed in Birmingham.© AFP

India on Tuesday pulled out of subsequent 12 months’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games’ hockey competitors, citing COVID-19 issues and UK’s discriminatory quarantine guidelines for travellers from the nation. Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningombam communicated the federation’s resolution 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 might’t danger sending its gamers to the UK which has been one of many 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 10-day exhausting 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 plenty of COVID-related issues 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, no matter their vaccination standing, should produce the results of the RT-PCR take a look at executed inside 72 hours earlier than journey.

They may even must undertake two extra RT-PCR assessments, one on their arrival on the airport in India and the second on Day 8 after arrival.

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