FIH Professional Hockey League | India men’s matches against Germany postponed

The Men’s FIH Pro League matches between India and Germany, which were scheduled for March 12-13 at Kalinga Stadium, have been canceled due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. Hockey India, Hockey Germany and FIH are collaborating to identify new dates for the interrupted matches.

India’s women’s hockey team’s matches against Germany in the Women’s FIH Pro League, which are scheduled for the same dates, will go ahead as planned. On Tuesday, the German women’s team arrived in India.

In fact, the Indian men’s hockey team last met Germany in the bronze medal match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In a dramatic match, Manpreet Singh and her teammates beat four-time Olympic champions Germany 5-4 to win India’s first Olympic gold medal in 41 years.

In the FIH hockey rankings, India is now ranked fourth, while Germany is ranked fifth. The Indian men’s hockey team are off to a strong start in the FIH Pro League, currently sitting second behind the Netherlands with 12 points from six games.

India have won four games and lost only two – one in South Africa against France and the other in Bhubaneswar against Spain.

Last season, the Men in Blue finished fourth in a COVID-restricted FIH Pro League, behind Belgium (gold), Australia (silver) and Germany (bronze) (bronze). Due to the COVID outbreak, India’s two matches against Germany last season have been called off.

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