Hockey in Asia is set to return and a number of strict measures have been put in place in order to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Players have been told that there are to be no pre-match hand shakes while they have also been warned that they cannot speak to one another during the course of a game. Coaches are to wear face masks at all times during games.
In Japan, hockey activities have resumed in some prefectures observing government guidelines.
In India, the men and women hockey teams have resumed outdoor training in a “systematic and phased” manner.
In Malaysia, The annual Razak Cup hockey tournament, scheduled from Aug 21-29, could be the first sports event to be held as scheduled, post the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Tajikistan, the Tajikistan Regional U-21 Women’s National Championship took place.
In Chinese Taipei, the 109 National President’s Cup hockey Championship is scheduled to take place on July 24-29, 2020.
In China, national hockey training has been initiated.
In Kazakhstan, a training camp in underway.
Meanwhile Pakistan is planning to start a five-a-side hockey league to attract potential investors, who can bail out the national sport from financial crisis.
All federations have ensured that all the safety measures are in place in accordance with the Govt guidelines and SOP to ensure safe environment for sports activity.
All players too have been briefed and are well-aware of the SOP norms.
The Coaching Staff has meticulously designed the daily schedule with special focus on giving players enough time to adjust to the new norms.