Donghae (South Korea): The Indian women’s hockey team was on Thursday forced out of the ongoing Asian Champions Trophy after one of its player tested positive for Covid-19. Earlier, Malaysia was also compelled to withdraw after being hit by the dreaded virus here.
A day after the cancellation of its matches against defending champions Korea and China respectively, an Asian Hockey Federation source said the Indian team was no longer competing in the event. The identity of the player who has tested positive has not been revealed.
“Last edition’s runner-up India are out of the tournament due to a positive case in the squad. India will no longer participate any further in the tournament,” source in the AHF said.
While India were scheduled to take on hosts Korea on Wednesday, they were slated to meet China on Thursday.
Malaysia was eventually forced out after one of its players, Nurul Faezah Shafiqah Khalim, tested positive for Covid-19 upon arrival. The Women’s Asian Champions Trophy was scheduled for 2020, but was postponed multiple times because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
-PTC News with agency inputs