FIH Put Junior World Cup on Hold After Covid Outbreak

by | Nov 28, 2021

Following the outbreak of a new Coronavirus variant in South Africa, the International Hockey Federation, South Africa Hockey Association, and North West University, have jointly agreed to put the FIH Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup on hold.

The prestigious youth tournament was scheduled to take place from 5-16 December 2021 in Potchefstroom. 

According to a statement released by FIH, the safety of all involved in the Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup is a priority.

“The safety of everyone involved in the FIH events is an absolute priority. Additionally, some participating teams, have now strongly increased their travel restrictions with South Africa, including halting flights.

Mission Impossible

“Therefore, it simply isn’t possible to maintain this event as planned. This is hugely disappointing since the FIH Junior World Cup is so important for the development of young players,” the release stated.

“Furthermore, this was the first time that an FIH World Cup was due to take place on African soil. We would like to thank all teams for their understanding, as well as the local organisers for their great work and collaboration.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and take a decision about the potential staging of the tournament as soon as it will be possible to do so.” 

Sixteen top teams from across the globe were set to battle for the title, which was previously won by Argentina in 2016.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Following the outbreak of a new Coronavirus variant in South Africa, the International Hockey Federation, South Africa Hockey Association, and North West’s University of Potchefstroom, have jointly agreed to put the FIH Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup on hold. Photo: FIH (Instagram)

 

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