Hockey India National Championships returning to action in March

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Hockey India National Championships
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After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the highly anticipated 11th Hockey India National Championships is set to be back in action this year in March in an all-new, restructured format.

Last year, the National Championships only saw the occurrence of the 10th Hockey India Senior Men and Senior Women Championship 2020 (A Division) and the 10th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2020 (B Division), which were hosted in January and February respectively.

Unfortunately, due to the onset of the pandemic situation from March, the rest of the Championships were met with cancellation.

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This year, the National Championships are coming back on 17th March with the 1st Hockey India Junior Women Academy National Championship 2021 which will be held until 26th March.

The 1st Hockey India Sub Junior Women Academy National Championship 2021 will also commence from 17th March to 24th March, ahead of the 11th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship which is scheduled from 03 April to 12 April at Simdega, Jharkhand.

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Hockey India National Championships 2021: Coming with a new format and SOP

The National Championships this year will follow a brand new, made from the scratch format which will focus on maximizing the participation of athletes from the country, as well as the development of hockey from states and union territories, to institutional units and academies.

“We are very happy to resume the domestic calendar after the pandemic halted all the sporting events last year,” Hockey India’s President Gyanendro Ningombam was quoted on the official website.

“The season will begin in an all-new avatar with the restructuring of events for sub-junior, junior and senior national championships for both men and women as well as Hockey India registered State Member Units, Public Sector Units/ Departmental Units and Academy Member Units respectively.” he added.

Nonetheless, all necessary COVID precautions, in accordance with the guidelines by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as well as respective state governments will be in place as Hockey India will make their SOPs mandatory for all participating teams, officials, and host states.

Keeping the safety of the competing players the topmost priority, Hockey India has also instructed State Members for the appointment of a Hygiene Officer during each Championship to ensure the proper implementation of the SOPs.

Check out the full Hockey India National Championships schedule here:

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