The Indian women and men’s hockey probables will proceed to organize for subsequent yr’s Tokyo Olympics at Bengaluru’s Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus. SAI has prolonged the camps by two months as a proposal to tour Netherlands for observe matches needed to be shelved because of the journey restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The males’s camp, which began in early August, will proceed until November 28 and the ladies’s workforce will practice till December 12 after the request to tour Europe was turned down, SAI mentioned in a press release to HT.
The camp was initially scheduled until September 30. The players had began sport-related actions on August 19 after a compulsory quarantine of two weeks. Six male players had examined positive for Covid-19 on returning to Bengaluru after a month’s break, having initially been confined to the SAI Southern Centre throughout a three-month nationwide Covid-19 lockdown.
Extending the camps is a aid for the teaching workers as players would face a health threat travelling residence.
The tour not going by is a blow because the players haven’t have had many matches this yr. The proposal was to tour Netherlands to play in opposition to European groups through the Pro League clashes in October finish.
SAI has allowed elite swimmers Srihari Nataraj, Kushagra Rawat and Sajan Prakash to coach in Dubai and boxer Vikas Krishan to journey to the United States for coaching, although the hockey workforce will current a far better logistics problem.
“The national camps are to be extended as the teams are not going to Netherlands, as had been planned, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions,” SAI mentioned.
The coaches would have needed some matches after the camps because the probables regain peak health and are eager to make amends for misplaced alternatives this yr.
The males’s workforce last performed within the FIH Pro League in January-February, in opposition to Netherlands, Belgium and Australia. The girls’s workforce has not performed a match for the reason that tour of New Zealand in January when it figured in 5 exhibition matches. Its publicity journey to China in March was cancelled because of the pandemic.
The males will resume their Pro League campaign in April within the build-up to Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8). The girls’s workforce shouldn’t be within the Pro League and coach Sjoerd Marijne had hoped to organise some observe games in Netherlands in opposition to groups that function in that match.