Q: What does suspending all ‘hockey related activities’ mean?
A: These are some unprecedented times & health crisis that we are facing all over the world. Hockey India decided to postpone all domestic championships, national team trainings and events organized & sanctioned by HI based on all the available information from the central & state governments. Hockey India activities include national selections, training & activities run by Hockey India. We will keep monitoring and evaluating the situation with the current view to continue hockey activities once the situation improves, however this may change as a result of the evolving advice surrounding the pandemic from respective governments.
Q: What if my state association wants to keep on delivering programs, training, playing practice matches or push ahead with locally based competition (i.e. regional associations)?
A: The club/ association should strictly follow their respective State government guidelines and consult the local health authorities before making the decision.
However, we strongly recommend that each affiliate reassess the need to deliver any hockey activities from time to time.
Q: What if someone has symptoms of COVID-19?
A: If you or someone from your member unit become unwell and think you may have symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19, seek medical attention and consult your local state authorities at the earliest. Provide all necessary information to the local health authorities and help them with all contact details to trace the patient’s recent history.
Q: How can we minimize the potential spread COVID-19 in our Member Unit/ Association?
A: Hockey India has created a best practices document in this regard, its best to read through and share with your respective district units to avoid any spread of Covid 19 virus.
Q: What happens if things have not improved even later in the year?
A: We will continue to act on the advice received from the central and state governments as well as SAI and work accordingly.
Q: Do we need to clean & disinfect surfaces & equipment in order to prevent the spread of Covid 19? If so, how do we do it?
A: Yes it is advised to regularly clean and disinfect the equipment and frequently touched surfaces to avoid any possible spread of COVID-19 virus. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you clean and disinfect common equipment and frequently touched surfaces on or around the field, court, or play surface such as drinking fountains at least daily, or between uses as much as possible. Shared objects and equipment such as balls, bats, equipment, and protective gear should be cleaned and disinfected between use by different individuals before & after each individual’s use. For more information, refer to Standard Operating Procedure & Guidelines for Hockey India Member Units & Event Organisers due to Covid 19 for further information.
Q; If a player on a team tests positive for Covid 19, does the entire team (If they had been in close contact with that athlete) have to quarantine for 14 days?
A: Inform & consult with local health authorities if you determine your team or coaches have been exposed to COVID-19. Individuals who recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 should follow all central & state government guidelines strictly before taking any decision. 14 days home quarantine is advised for all the remaining members of the team and anyone else who had been together or in close contact with the patient to prevent any further possible spread.
Q: Will this affect Hockey India National Championships?
A: Hockey India has already postponed all the remaining HI National Championships for 2020 as soon as the nationwide lockdown was announced. All details pertaining to resumption of HI National Championship 2020 will be updated on Hockey India official website.
Q: Given that the HI National Championships have been postponed, when is it likely to be held now?
A: We are working with the relevant stakeholders, such as the central government, SAI, respective State Member Unit etc. to determine the best date to run the HINC 2020 later in this year. As soon as we have confirmed dates, we will upload that information on Hockey India official website.
Q: If the remaining HINC does commence later this year, what will it look like?
A: We are still working on the premise that all competitions will be delivered as initially planned, although with some possible fixture changes. The respective committee is looking at various options of fixtures which will be applicable for 2020.
Q: What happens to international matches?
A: We are constantly in touch with all the necessary authorities to ascertain the situation. We are & will be following all guidelines by the central government, SAI and FIH for resumption of international matches & tournaments. We will update here as & when we have a confirmation on all the international matches.
Q: What is the latest update on the FIH Pro League matches in India?
A: The postponement of the FIH Pro League has been extended to June 2021 by FIH. This means that India’s remaining home matches which were scheduled for 23 & 24 May 2020 against New Zealand in FIH Hockey Pro League 2020 has been cancelled. If you have purchased tickets to these matches, you will receive a refund from Ticketgenie and all information pertaining to the refund process will be updated here.
Q: Has the Tokyo 2020 Olympics been postponed?
A: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had earlier postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics until next year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. For more details regarding this please visit https://www.olympic.org/.
Q: How do we stay up to date with changes?
A: Hockey India continues to update all relevant information related to Covid 19 scenario with respect to any hockey activities here. Please keep checking our official website for any further information. Please also keep checking the central and respective state government guidelines for details pertaining to your geographical areas.
If you have a specific question or enquiry regarding hockey activities affected due to COVID-19, we recommend contacting Hockey India directly.