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January 2021’s National Indoor Hockey Championships Cancelled

H
ockey Australia (HA) has announced it has agreed with its member association to not proceed with the scheduled Australian Indoor Hockey Championships in January 2021.

This decision comes as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sporting community around Australia and HA’s annual calendar of events.

HA CEO, Matt Favier, said the traditional summer indoor hockey seasons will be impacted by COVID-19.

“Given the impact COVID-19 has had on extending the traditional outdoor ‘winter season’, there is a strong chance this will impact the usual timing of the traditional summer indoor seasons within each state and territory and their respective abilities to prepare and send competitive representative teams,” Favier said.

“Importantly, the continual uncertainty and challenges faced by Member Associations needs to be carefully managed and considered.

“We are actively reviewing possible options of what a national indoor hockey event could look like and will continue to work with member associations to identify the right time to host the next edition of the Australian Indoor Hockey Festival.

“As had been for the majority of this year, Hockey Australia’s focus remains on community competitions and supporting our 100,000 plus members in being able to return to play safely,” he said.