NEW DELHI: The 11th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2021, scheduled to begin on 3 April, has now been postponed until further notice in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country.
Following instructions and protocols from the District Commissioner, Simdega, State Authorities in Jharkhand, the decision to postpone the national championship was taken Wednesday by Hockey India following a brief virtual meeting with the organisers from Hockey Jharkhand.
The Junior Women National Championship 2021, in which the host team was vying to win a hat-trick of titles, was scheduled to be held from 3 April to 12 April. A total of 26 teams from across India were to take part in the prestigious annual event.
"In light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases and after advice from the local State Authorities, Hockey India, in consultation with the host Hockey Jharkhand, arrived at the decision to postpone the 11th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2021, which was due to begin on 3 April 2021. Hockey Jharkhand received tremendous support from the State Government to host the recently concluded 11th Hockey India Sub Junior Women National Championship 2021, however, with new protocols and guidelines in the state to combat the rapid rise of cases, it was in the best interest of the players that this decision was taken. For Hockey India, player safety is paramount," stated Hockey India president Gyanendro Ningombam.
All participating member units have been informed of the decision by Hockey India.