The FIH Hockey Pro League matches between the India men’s hockey team and Germany, initially scheduled on 12 and 13 March in Bhubaneswar, India, have been postponed due to a high number of COVID cases affecting the German team.
The FIH Hockey Pro League matches between India and Germany (Men), initially scheduled on 12 and 13 March in Bhubaneswar, India, have been postponed due to a high number of COVID cases affecting the German team.
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FIH, Hockey India, and Hockey Germany are already working together to find alternative dates. The women’s matches between India and Germany will be played as planned this weekend at the Kalinga Stadium, in Bhubaneswar.
The Indian men’s team have had a topsy-turvy campaign so far in the FIH Pro League as it defeated South Africa in both the matches, but had a win and a loss in the ties against France and Spain. While the men’s matches were deferred, the international governing body said that the women’s matches between India and Germany will go on as planned this weekend at the Kalinga Stadium.
The Germany women’s team arrived here on Tuesday and skipper Lisa Nolte expressed delight at the prospect of playing India at the Kalinga Stadium. “We have never played at the Kalinga Stadium before, so we are very excited about it. It will be amazing to play at such a big stadium, and we are looking forward to it,” Lisa said.
“We definitely see India as a strong team, especially they performed so well at the Tokyo Olympics, and playing at the home ground is always an advantage. However, we don’t want to be unsettled by this and enter the game confidently.”
World No. 5 German will play their first FIH Pro League game since October last year. Germany women’s head coach Akim Bouchouchi said: “After the last Pro League games in October, girls had a break, and then they played the indoor season with the clubs. It’s a big event in Germany. We had only one camp of preparation.