Bhubaneswar, March 8
The FIH Professional League double-header between the Indian males’s hockey workforce and Germany this weekend has been postponed following a Covid outbreak within the guests’ camp, the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) mentioned at present.
The matches had been scheduled on March 12 and 13 however “have been postponed attributable to a excessive variety of circumstances affecting the German workforce.” “FIH, Hockey India and Hockey Germany are already working collectively to seek out different dates,” learn the FIH assertion.
Indians have had a topsy-turvy marketing campaign as far as they defeated South Africa in each the matches, however had a win and a loss within the ties towards France and Spain.
Whereas the lads’s matches had been deferred, FIH mentioned the ladies’s matches between the 2 will go forward as deliberate.
The Germany ladies’s workforce arrived right here on Tuesday and skipper Lisa Nolte was delighted on the prospect of taking part in on the Kalinga Stadium.
“We’ve by no means performed on the Kalinga Stadium earlier than, so we’re very enthusiastic about it. Will probably be wonderful to play at such a giant stadium, and we’re trying ahead to it,” Lisa mentioned. “We undoubtedly see India as a powerful workforce, particularly they carried out so nicely on the Tokyo Olympics, and taking part in on the dwelling floor is at all times a bonus. Nonetheless, we don’t need to be unsettled by this and enter the sport confidently.”
World No. 5 Germany will play their first Professional League recreation since October final yr.
Germany ladies’s head coach Akim Bouchouchi mentioned, “After the final Professional League video games in October, ladies had a break, after which they performed the indoor season with the golf equipment. It’s a giant occasion in Germany. We had just one camp of preparation. However at this second, we would have liked massive motivation to begin the brand new yr with thrilling occasions like Germany coming to India for the Professional League video games. It’s the primary time Germany ladies’s workforce will play video games right here in India in couple of years. We’re very curious concerning the environment within the stadium, and the video games towards the Indian ladies’s workforce. So, we’re very comfortable to be right here.” —