Australia on Friday pulled out of a number of upcoming FIH tournaments, together with the junior males’s World Cup slated to be held in India later this yr, citing COVID-19 associated authorities journey restrictions.
The junior males’s World Cup is scheduled in November-December. The venue is but to be confirmed.
Hockey Australia (HA) additionally introduced that the Tokyo Olympics silver medallist and its trans-Tasman rival New Zealand may even skip season 3 of the Pro League, which begins subsequent month.
“Australia and New Zealand will not take part in Season 3 of the FIH Pro League (scheduled in October 2021) as a result of COVID related government travel restrictions and uncertainty in both nations,” HA mentioned in an announcement.
“All participating countries and the FIH Pro League Council agreed it was untenable for international teams to travel to Australia and New Zealand, as well as for Australian and New Zealand teams to play overseas and return without having to quarantine.”
Australia may even miss the junior Women’s World Cup in South Africa later this yr and the Indoor World Cup in Belgium and the Masters Indoor World Cup within the USA in 2022.