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FIH cancels 2022 Indoor Hockey World Cup

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The national women and men’s hockey teams’ dream of representing Namibia in Belgium ended abruptly after the International Hockey Federation (FIH) cancelled the Indoor Hockey World Cup.The FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup was scheduled for Liège, Belgium fr…

The national women and men's hockey teams' dream of representing Namibia in Belgium ended abruptly after the International Hockey Federation (FIH) cancelled the Indoor Hockey World Cup.

The FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup was scheduled for Liège, Belgium from 02 to 06 February 2022.

Communication availed to the media on Monday by the Namibia Hockey Union (NHU) stated that the FIH and Hockey Belgium were forced to cancel the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup due to the surge in COVID-19 cases because of the Omicron variant.

“The current health situation in Belgium, and more specifically the enormous uncertainty that currently exists regarding the evolution of the Omicron variant, does not give enough guarantees to organise this World Cup in a safe and feasible way,” read the statement.

It said after extensive consultations with all official and competent health authorities in Belgium, it was decided that it was not possible to allow 24 teams from all over the world to travel to Liège for this event.

The statement added that the decision taken to cancel the competition was not done lightly, and they are disappointed on the players' behalf that the World Cup could not be organised with the current situation.

“The Executive Boards of the FIH and Hockey Belgium jointly and in full awareness of the situation took a hard decision to cancel this major event. We would like to ask all of you to inform your players about this decision,” read the message from the NHU.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency