African Hockey U-21 junior championship postponed over COVID-19 fears

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The African Hockey Federation(AfHF) on Thursday announced the cancellation of the 2021 U-21 junior African Cup championship, which was scheduled to have been stagged in Ghana, due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought virtually every major event to a standstill.

This year’s tournament was initially scheduled to take place in Accra from March 21-28, 2021.

Following this, Ghana will now have the mandate to host the prestigious tournament in January 2022 hopefully the pandemic should have eased by then.

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According to President of the Ghana Hockey Association, Dr. Ben K.D Asante who publicy made the decision known via press release noted that the move came as a result of concurrent hike in the Covid-19 cases globally.

“The decision was reached with the African Hockey Federation[AfHF] based on the covid-19 pandemic and concerns with the recent surge around the world” it read.

However, the Ghana Hockey Association said it will take due advantage of the time frame to set up a new astro-turf to meet the required standard of the International Federation of Hockey(FIH).

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“Ghana Hockey Association will therefore have ample time to install a new ASTRO-TURF at the Theodosia Okoh National Hockey stadium as required by the International Federation of Hockey to host international tournament sanctioned by the federation.”

Below is the full statement

 

 

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