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All international hockey meets for India called off till June

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Odisha will again host Men's hockey World Cup in 2023New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Two FIH Pro League ties involving the senior men”s team, junior men”s Asia Cup and senior women”s Asian Champions Trophy are among a clutch of international hockey events, where India was slated to take part, that have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a letter to Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) CEO Rajesh Rajagopalan, Hockey India informed the same.

The events were part of their Annual Calendar for Training and Competitions (ACTC).

“The new dates for the above mentioned tournaments will be intimated to SAI once finalised and approved by the International Hockey Federation and the Asian Hockey Federation,” Hockey India executive director RK Srivastava said in the letter.

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“The approved budget in the ACTC for the period up to 30 September 2020 would be utilised for foreign exposures/tournaments once the new scheduled is worked out post COVID-19 situation,” he added.

The junior women”s Asia Cup (April 6-12 in Kakamigahara, Japan), senior women”s team”s tour of Germany and Netherlands (April 11 to April 17, April 18 to April 27), men”s team”s away Pro League matches against Germany and England (April 24 to May 5), junior men”s Asia Cup (June 4 to 12, Dhaka), women”s Asian Champions Trophy (June 14 to 21, Donghae, Korea) and UCD U-23 6-Nations Tournament involving junior women (June 14 to 27, Dublin) are the events which have been hit by the global pandemic.

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