The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has decided to postpone the FIH Pro League matches of the New Zealand hockey teams in Europe for the time being.
The FIH took this decision in response to the decision of the New Zealand hockey association not to travel to the European continent.
That means that the FIH Pro League matches between the Netherlands and New Zealand (ladies and gentlemen) will not take place in Rotterdam on 19, 20 and 22 March.
The New Zealand hockey association decided not to travel due to the recent development of the coronavirus in Europe.
The two New Zealand teams would not only play in the Netherlands but in Germany in the coming period. The Royal Dutch Hockey Association (KNHB) is disappointed but also understands the decision taken.
Erik Gerritsen, director of KNHB: ‘After Australia already decided not to come to Europe last weekend, we were prepared for possible cancellation of New Zealand. It is annoying that the competitions are cancelled. Our national teams are preparing for the Olympic Games and this preparation is now in danger of getting a blow.”
“We are in consultation with the FIH and the countries concerned to discuss the possibilities. It is not yet clear at this time when the matches can possibly be played.”
Gerritsen also said: “Hockey fans who have an access ticket for one of the FIH Pro League match days in March will receive an e-mail from our official ticket partner Eventim this week, in which we jointly explain what will happen to the matches and the admission tickets. At the moment this is not yet known because we are in consultation with the FIH about possible catch-up dates. But people can trust that, if they wish, they will get their money back.”
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