Netherlands Women’s Hockey team calls for postponement of their FIH Pro League matches in India
Dragflick Newsdesk : The Royal Dutch Hockey Association (KNHB) has requested the International Hockey Federation (FIH) to postpone the FIH Pro League matches in India on 19 and 20 February. Both matches were scheduled in Bhubaneswar.
The KNHB’s medical committee issued a negative advice for intercontinental travel in January. This committee’s advice is based on the high number of omicron infections in the Netherlands. After mutual deliberation and consultation with the players, the staff of the Dutch National Team announced that they wanted to follow this advice and that they did not want to travel to India at the moment.
The trip to India would only last six days. This means that a possible infection in the Netherlands just before departure could lead to a positive test in India. The consequence of this could be, for example, a mandatory quarantine or having to postpone the return journey.
The hockey association of India (Hockey India), the KNHB and FIH have not yet managed to find an alternative date for the two matches between India and the Dutch National Women’s Team, but that is now being sought. The Dutch Women’s Team is now filling in the five days that were planned around these two matches against India with a training week.
Dutch Men’s Team
Although the advice of the medical committee also applies to the Dutch Men’s Team, the KNHB, in consultation with the staff of this team, decided at the end of January to travel to South Africa for Pro League matches against South Africa and France. .
The reason for this is the fact that the selection of Jeroen Delmée will be staying in South Africa for a much longer period of time. As a result, any contamination acquired in the Netherlands would have no impact on, for example, traveling back together while the selection in South Africa itself remains in a closed bubble.
The Dutch Men’s Team has now been in South Africa for eleven days and to date, no corona infections have emerged within Delmée’s group.