Hockey players staying put as Junior Asia Cup postponed again

PETALING JAYA: It’s no-go for the Malaysian team as the men’s Junior Asia Cup scheduled to take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from July 1-10 has been postponed.

The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) in a statement said the decision to postpone the competition was reached after consultation with the host’s Bangladesh Hockey Federation.

“We took into account the unfavourable advice from the Bangladesh government on holding this event at the beginning of July as the country is now in the midst of a lockdown.

“Flight and travel restrictions have also been imposed by the Bangladesh government.

“Our decision is also motivated by the AHF’s concern for the athletes’ health and welfare, and the fairness of this important competition.

“The latest developments of the pandemic in many regions of our continent, with surging case numbers and extremely difficult circumstances with renewed lockdowns and travel restrictions in several of our participating countries make it impossible to suggest the planned dates in July.”

The tournament had earlier been postponed last June at the height of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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