Over a dozen hockey events around the world have been postponed due to travel curbs and concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus.
‘The Dragflick’ will continue to update this page with the latest breaking news regarding hockey event cancellations, suspensions, lock downs, date changes, and more disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
The most recent updates will be posted at the top of the running list below.
Here’s whats happened so far :
🔴March 14: FIH | The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and all participating National Associations (NAs) decided to put all FIH Hockey Pro League 2020 matches currently scheduled until 15 April on hold.
🔴March 13: Chile | The Chilean Hockey Federation suspended friendly matches between the Chilean women and Uruguay women, slated to be played on March 15th & 16th.
🔴March 13: South Africa | The South African Hockey Association announced that the International hockey series in Durban, due to run from 19 March to the 03 April, featuring Ireland, Japan, China, Great Britain and South Africa has been cancelled as part of the preventative measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
🔴March 13: Austria | The Austrian Hockey Federation (OHV) have suspended all hockey activities,and national team training following a federal government decree.
🔴March 13: Ireland | The Irish Senior Women’s team had to cancel their tour of South Africa for their scheduled warm-up matches against South Africa, England and China.
🔴March 13: Great Britain | The Great Britain Men and Women’s team had to cancel their tour of South Africa for their scheduled warm-up matches against South-Africa. However, players will be available for selection for the final Men’s and Investec Women’s Hockey League matches of the season.
🔴March 13: Scotland | The Scottish Hockey Federation suspended all domestic hockey matches from 14 March 2020 until further notice. Friendly matches and training sessions are played at the club’s discretion.
🔴March 13 :Europe | The EHL FINAL8 Men and Women and the U-14 tournament, originally set to take place in April, has been ‘put on hold’ to a yet-to-be-determined date.
🔴March 13 :Germany | The German Indoor Hockey University Championship has been put on hold. Additional information regarding new dates will be communicated after the situation calms down.
🔴March 13 :Canada | Field Hockey Canada has postponed its Hall of Fame reception, due to take place on March 28.
🔴March 12 :India | The Indian national hockey team has been put in lock down mode, with players being barred to go out of the (SAI) Sports Authority of India’s centre. Hockey players have also been asked not to interact with visitors and keep to themselves.This action is being taken in the interests of safety and well-being of the players.
🔴March 12 :Germany | The FIH Pro League 2020 matches between Germany and Belgium that were slated to take place behind closed doors, now have been put on hold. The International Hockey Federation has not set plans for a future date.
🔴March 12 : Belgium | The Royal Belgian Hockey Association, the Flemish Hockey League and the Ligue Francophone de Hockey have suspended all hockey activities (matches, training) in Belgium from 12/03 until at least March 31, 2020.
🔴March 12 : Spain | The Spanish Hockey Federation suspended the U-16 Spanish Championship as well as most domestic tournaments. No new match dates have been announced.
🔴March 12 : Netherlands | The Dutch Hockey Federation cancelled all their league games and training until April 1.
🔴March 11 : USA | The 2020 Indoor Hockey Pan American Cups have been postponed following the recommendations and restrictions announced by the Government.
🔴March 10 :Japan | The Women’s Junior Cup Asia tournament in Kakamigahara, Japan have been postponed, following in the footsteps of most sporting events that have already cancelled their planned upfront events.
🔴March 9 : New Zealand | New Zealand pulled out from travelling to Europe to play the two Pro league hockey matches.
🔴March 8 : Australia | Australia men and women pulled out from travelling to Europe to play the two Pro league hockey matches.
🔴March 7 : Australia | Australia women’s hockey team cancelled their trip to Changzhou, China for the two Pro League games slated to take place on 14th and 15th March.
🔴March 2: Malaysia | The prestigious Sultan Azlan Shah Cup tournament that takes place in Malaysia every year had to be postponed. The event will now take place in September 2020.
🔴March 27: Italy | With the entire Italian nation locked down, it was announced that no professional hockey tournaments will be played anywhere in Italy until at least 20 April.
🔴February 11: Ireland | The Irish women’s hockey teams tour of Malaysia in March and April had to be cancelled.
🔴February 10 :India | The Indian women’s hockey teams tour of China from March 14th to 25th had to be cancelled.
🔴February 1 :Belgium | The Belgium women’s hockey team had to cancel their trip to Changzhou, China for a two day test match scheduled to take place on February 8th and 9th.
🔴January 30 : China | The China vs Australia women’s Pro League hockey matches had to be cancelled.