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Hockey India withdraws from 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games

India on Tuesday pulled out of next year’s Birmingham Commonwealth Games” hockey competition, citing COVID-19 concerns.

Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningombam communicated the federation’s decision to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra.

Hockey India reasoned that there is only a 32-day window available between Birmingham Games (July 28-August 8) and the Hangzhou Asian Games (September 10-25) and it can’t risk sending its players to the UK which has been one of the worst affected countries by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

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