FIH Hockey Pro League: As the fear and panic generated by outbreak of coronavirus continue unabated, matches scheduled to be played in mainland China are being put on hold. After putting on hold China-Belgium games, now the FIH in consultation with Hockey Associations of Australia and China has decided that the games on February 14 and 15 will remain on hold.
Meanwhile, Indian women’s hockey team scheduled to visit China for practice games in March, too, has expressed its inability to go ahead with the scheduled plan because of the outbreak of corona virus.
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) will continue to work closely with all parties on the potential for China to play these and their other matches on hold in alternative locations.
On 28 January, FIH had taken a similar decision for the matches between China and Belgium, initially planned for this upcoming weekend.
FIH keeps on monitoring the evolution of the situation closely and following the recommendations of the World Health Organization. Also, the Chinese Hockey Association is in regular contact with the local authorities.
The death toll in China from Coronavirus has risen to 636, the Chinese Health Commission stated on Friday. Also, the doctor Li Wenliang, one of the whistle-blowers who had reported coronavirus in December, died due to the infection.
Meanwhile, India has also confirmed three cases of coronavirus. All the three cases have been reported from Kerala. The victims are having a travel history of China. Also, India has issued a fresh advisory to avoid visiting China.