India has reversed its choice to tug out its hockey groups from subsequent 12 months’s Birmingham Commonwealth Video games and can compete within the multi-sport quadrennial match “in the event that they qualify”, a Commonwealth Video games Federation (CGF) legitimate informed PTI on Saturday.
Hockey India had previous this 12 months determined to withdraw its groups from the 2022 CWG, mentioning COVID-19 comparable issues and quick turnaround time between Birmingham Video games and Hangzhou Asian Video games, a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
India’s choice to ship its hockey group to 2022 CWG got here after the intervention of Indian Olympic Affiliation President Narinder Batra and Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur, either one of whom assured the rustic’s participation in CWG hockey occasions, supplied they qualify.
The Birmingham CWG is scheduled to be held from July 28 to August 8 subsequent 12 months whilst the Asian Video games are beginning on September 10.
“No group has been presented a spot but however the IOA have stated to CGF President they (IOA) will settle for if the groups qualify which is extremely most likely,” the CGF legitimate informed PTI.
“Indian Sports activities Minister has been concerned I perceive and he has been influential. The CGF President (Dame Louis Martin) has been in shut discussion with IOA President.”
Requested if the improvement manner Indian hockey groups will participate within the Birmingham Video games, he stated, “Sure, that may be proper, in the event that they (the groups) qualify.”
Sports activities Minister Thakur had previous criticised Hockey India’s choice to tug out of the development with none session together with his ministry.
The record of certified international locations for the hockey match on the Birmingham Video games has now not but been introduced and is about to be made legitimate in February subsequent 12 months.
The CGF legitimate additionally stated that discussions are on between CGF and IOA at the Queens Baton Relay, which is scheduled to be held in India between January 12 to fifteen subsequent 12 months.
“They (CWGF President and IOA leader) have additionally been discussing the Queens Baton relay which visits India in January,” he stated.
“it’s is on agenda to occur however very aware of COVID so retaining an in depth watch on scenario to make sure it could actually occur safely.
“It’s the longest that the Baton might be in any nation outdoor Nice Britain as India is a key territory for the Commonwealth. So each effort is being made to make sure it occurs. It is going to predominantly be in Delhi,” the legitimate added.
The Indian males’s hockey group clinched a ancient bronze on the Tokyo Video games previous this 12 months — their first Olympic hockey medal since successful their remaining of the 8 gold in Moscow in 1980.
The ladies’s group, alternatively, narrowly ignored out a primary Olympic medal by means of dropping 3-4 to Nice Britain within the bronze play-off.