The Indian hockey team has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, citing COVID fears

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Indian Hockey Team: The federation stated that they cannot risk sending athletes to the United Kingdom, which is still getting a large number of COVID-19 cases.

The Indian hockey team has withdrawn from next year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, citing COVID-19 concerns and the UK’s rigorous quarantine requirements for visitors from the nation.

Hockey India indicated that there is just a 32-day window between the CWG Games and the Hangzhou Asian Games, and they cannot risk sending players to the UK, which is still dealing with a large number of COVID-19 cases.

In a letter to IOA chief Narinder Batra, HI President Gyanendro Ningombam indicated that one of the reasons for the withdrawal was the severe quarantine procedures.

“It is important to note that, because of the ongoing COVID-19 problem, England has published guidelines requiring 10 days quarantine for Indian arrivals in England, even if fully vaccinated, because unfortunately, Indian immunizations are not yet recognised by the English authorities.

“Such discriminatory limitations were not enforced on Indian athletes and officials during the recent Tokyo Olympic Games, and this ten-day quarantine rule for vaccinated athletes would have an impact on their performance.” We believe these restrictions are prejudiced against India and consider them to be very unfortunate,” Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam stated in a letter to IOA Chief Narinder Batra.

Notably, the Asian Games serve as a straight qualification event for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The gold medalist will be guaranteed a spot in the Olympics.

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