The coronavirus that has shredded the global sporting calendar, now has also impacted the FIH Pro League 2020 too.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and all participating national hockey associations (NA) have decided to suspend the 2nd edition of the FIH Pro League 2020 till April 15th amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
In its statement announcing the decision on Saturday morning, the FIH said it was “suspending” the FIH Pro League 2020 games until April 15 as a “precautionary measure” against the coronavirus.
FIH’s decision will put to rest the speculations and uncertainty around the league for a while and allow the board time to take more informed decision on future matches.
For now, the FIH has stated that they will do their best to ensure that all cancelled matches will be played before the 2020 Olympic games.
On Thursday, sports ministries in every country had sent directive to all sports federations, asking them to hold all events closed doors, if they are unavoidable. Over a dozen of hockey tournaments across the world have been cancelled or put on hold.
The FIH Pro League 2020 now joins a host of high-profile sporting events including the IPL ( Indian Premier League), English Premier League and UEFA Champions League, the NBA and the ATP Tour to have been affected by COVID-19, a respiratory illness that was declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organistion (WHO) this week.
FIH CEO Thierry Weil in a press released issued by FIH said :
“We will closely follow the global evolution of the situation, following the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the decisions of public authorities. “
Sports observers and media reports said that even if the league tournament resumes after 15 April it is likely to be without fans in the stadium.