UK ‘two-faced’ slap on Corona, Indian hockey team pulled out of Commonwealth Games

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Highlights

  • Hockey India has conveyed its decision to IOA President Narindra Batra.
  • Earlier, England had decided to pull out of the Junior World Cup to be held in India next month.
  • After the restrictions of Britain, India also imposed similar restrictions on the citizens of Britain coming to the country.

New Delhi
Hockey India (HI) has given a strong slap to ‘two-faced’ Britain on Corona. India has decided to withdraw from next year’s Commonwealth Games hockey competition in Birmingham due to concerns over COVID-19 and Britain’s discriminatory quarantine rules towards travelers to the country.

Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningobam has conveyed the federation’s decision to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra. Hockey India’s move came a day after England pulled out of the FIH Men’s Junior World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar next month citing concerns over COVID-19 and the Indian government’s decision to make a 10-day quarantine mandatory for all UK citizens. Is.

Hockey India has said that there is only a 32-day gap between the Birmingham Commonwealth Games (July 28 to August 8) and the Guangzhou Asian Games (September 10 to 25) and it does not want to risk sending its players to the UK which is worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic. been among the most affected countries.

Ningobam wrote, “The Asian Games 2024 is a continental qualification event for the Paris Olympic Games and keeping in mind the priority of the Asian Games, Hockey India cannot risk any player from Indian teams contracting COVID-19 during the Commonwealth Games.” ‘

The UK recently refused to recognize India’s COVID-19 vaccination certificates and made mandatory 10 days of strict isolation for travelers arriving from the country, despite their full immunization.

After the restrictions of Britain, India also imposed similar restrictions on British citizens coming to the country. According to India’s new rules, all its citizens coming here from the UK, regardless of their vaccination status, will have to show the result of RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel. On arrival in India, he will have two more RT-PCR tests in the airport and then on the eighth day.

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