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Junior Hockey World Cup to be held behind closed doors without fans

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In a big hit for hockey fans, FIH Men’s Junior World Hockey Championship will be held behind closed doors.

The Junior World Hockey Championship will begin at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on November 24th. The tournament will be just a television affair because Hockey India and FIH have jointly decided to hold the tournament without fans.

The organizers thought that with the very popularity of hockey in the region, the expected crowds at the stadium would be huge. Therefore, any COVID-19 prevention protocols, including social distancing, would be difficult to implement.

It is imperative for the organizers to hold the tournament in an environment where the health and safety of the participating teams is of the utmost importance.

Read: FIH 2021 Junior World Hockey Championship: Teams, Meetings and Match Details

While Kalinga Stadium will only be open to accredited staff and tournament participants, fans can join in and cheer for their favorite teams and players, on all platforms around the world.

16 teams will take part in the fight at the World Junior Championships. The participating teams are defending champions and hosts India, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Egypt, France, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States.

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After five days of playing in the pool, placement matches will be held from November 30. The quarterfinals will be played on December 1, the semifinals on December 3, while the title fight is scheduled for December 5.

Health protocols for the World Junior Hockey Championship

Players, officials and all other staff attending the World Junior Championships must pass the RT-PCR test on COVID-19 before arrival, 72 hours before departure, as well as the mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival. All personnel will also be required to demonstrate proof of vaccination and must adhere to all COVID-19 prevention standards, including wearing masks and adhering to social distance.

Foreign teams arriving in India for the tournament in Bhuvenshwar are exempt from quarantine. Instead, teams will only be required to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms during their stay.

Defenders of the title India will start their campaign at the World Cup on November 24. India is in Group B along with France, Canada and Poland.

Read also: Junior World Hockey Championship: India’s preparations for the sign, emphasized the importance of training matches

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee


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