The prestigious tournament was scheduled to take place in Simdega, Jharkhand.
The 11th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship 2021 scheduled to begin on 3 April 2021 has now been postponed until further notice in light of the rising number of covid-19 cases.
Following instructions and protocols from the District Commissioner, Simdega and State Authorities in Jharkhand, the decision to postpone the National Championship was taken on Wednesday by Hockey India. They also held a brief virtual meeting with the organisers from Jharkhand.
The prestigious Junior Women National Championship 2021 in which the host team was vying to win a hat-trick of titles was scheduled to be held from 3 April to 12 April 2021. A total of 26 teams from across India were to take part in the top annual event.
“In light of the rising number of covid-19 cases and after advice from the local State Authorities, Hockey India in consultation with the host Jharkhand arrived at the decision to postpone the 11th Junior Women National Championship 2021 which was due to begin on 3 April 2021,” stated Hockey India President Gyanendro Ningombam.
“Hockey Jharkhand received tremendous support from the State Government to host the recently concluded 11th Sub Junior Women National Championship 2021, however, with new protocols and guidelines in the state to combat the rapid rise of cases, it was in the best interest of the players that this decision was taken. For us, player safety is paramount,” he concluded.
All participating Member Units have been informed about the postponement of the tournament.