The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has announced the revised schedule for the men’s and women’s fixtures for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
The Tokyo Olympics, which were to begin on July 24 this year, were postponed till next year due to the increasing cases of coronavirus globally.
“The hockey event was originally scheduled to run from July 25 until August 7, with matches being played at the purpose-built Oi Hockey Stadium in Japan’s capital city, ” the FIH stated on its website.
“Although nothing has changed in terms of the location and overall running order of the matches, the Olympic hockey competitions will now start on July 24 and conclude on August 6, 2021.”
The opening game of the men’s competition will be played between hosts Japan and Australia, while Netherlands will take on India in the opening game of the women’s competition.
The finals for the men’s and women’s competitions will be contested on August 5 and 6 respectively.
Earlier, The International Hockey Federation had issued guidelines to its members to commence sports activities with safety precautions.
FIH posted the guidelines on its website and are lined up per WHO which has to be followed by management, players and coaching staff.
There are some guidelines for organizers of international events and it also include a risk management chart for all hockey federations to have implement on.
“With the progression of the virus at different stages across the globe, the guidelines should be used by Continental Federations, National Associations and clubs, alongside local laws and policies, providing their own bespoke guidelines for hockey providers within their area,” FIH said in a statement.