India women’s hockey team’s group match at the Asian Champions Trophy against hosts and defending champions South Korea was canceled on Wednesday amid Covid-19 concerns. “Due to Covid concerns after yesterday’s routine testing, we are saddened to announce that our fixture against South Korea will not be taking place today,” Hockey India tweeted.
The pandemic had cast its shadow on the tournament on Tuesday itself when India’s second match against Malaysia was canceled due to COVID-related issues. Malaysia was forced to be absent from at least the first two days of competition after one of its players, Nurul Faezah Shafiqah Khalim, tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in South Korea.
Last edition’s runners-up, India had earlier thrashed a lowly Thailand 13-0 with drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur scoring five goals. India are the highest-ranked team taking part as they sit ninth in the International Hockey Federation’s women’s rankings.
The Women’s Asian Champions Trophy was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed multiple times because of the COVID-19 pandemic.