Indian hockey player tested positive, Korea game called off

Although the Asian Hockey Federation has yet to release a statement, a source from Hockey India has confirmed that one player has tested positive.

Indian women’s hockey team. Image Courtesy: Hockey India

Donghae (South Korea): A member of the Indian women’s hockey team competing in the Asian Champions Trophy here has tested positive for COVID-19[female[feminine , resulting in the cancellation of her game against host and defending champions Korea on Wednesday.

Although the Asian Hockey Federation has yet to release a statement, a source from Hockey India has confirmed that one player has tested positive. The AHF statement is also expected to clarify the situation on India’s participation in the rest of the tournament.

“Yes, a player has tested positive, so today’s game against Korea has been called off. The AHF will make a further statement about it,” the source said. Press Trust of India.

The pandemic had cast a shadow over the tournament itself on Tuesday when India’s second game against Malaysia was called off due to COVID-related concerns.

Malaysia were forced to be absent for at least the first two days of competition after one of their players, Nurul Faezah Shafiqah Khalim, tested positive for COVID-19[female[feminine upon arrival in South Korea.

According to sources, just like Malaysia, the Indian contingent should be quarantined after the positive result.

Finalist of the last edition, India had already beaten a modest Thailand 13-0 with the drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur scoring five goals.

India is the highest ranked participating team as it occupies ninth place in the women’s ranking of the International Hockey Federation.

The Asian Women’s Champions Trophy was originally scheduled for 2020 but has been postponed several times due to the COVID-19[female[feminine pandemic.

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Catherine J. Martinez