New Delhi: Hockey India (HI) on Monday (March 16) postponed various national championships for junior and sub junior (men and women) categories which were to begin from April 10 onwards at different venues spread across the country. The decision was taken by the Hockey India Executive Board following growing concerns around coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in India.
 
“Keeping in mind the safety of the players, Hockey India has taken a decision to postpone the annual National Championships for Junior, Sub-Junior Men and Women categories. Although we have announced the new dates for these National Championships, Hockey India will continue to monitor and evaluate the Covid19 situation in India and we will be prepared for any scenario. At this moment, we would like to thank the Host and Member Units who have been extremely cooperative to accommodate the request to postpone and are being flexible,” stated Hockey India president Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad.

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He further stated that the participating member units must use this period to continue to update the member portal with player details. “Now that we have more time ahead of the start of the National Championships, I would urge all the participating Member Units to continue to update the Member's portal with player's registrations and use this time effectively,” Ahmad said.

The new dates for various national championships

1. 10th Junior Women National Championship 2020 (B Div), Ranchi, Jharkhand, which was scheduled for (April 10 to 20) will now be held from April 29 to May 9, 2020

2. 10th Junior Men National Championship 2020 (B Div), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which was scheduled for (April 15 to 26 April) will now be held from May 14 to 21, 2020

3. 10th Sub Junior Women National Championship 2020 (B Div), Hisar, Haryana, which was scheduled for (April 13 to 24 April) will now be held from May 3 to 14, 2020

4. 10th Junior Men National Championship 2020 (A Div), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which was scheduled for (April 10 to 17 April) will now be held from May 19 to 30, 2020

5. 10th Junior Women National Championship 2020 (A Div), Ranchi, which was scheduled for (April 18 to 28) will now be held from May 7 to 17, 2020

6. 10th Sub Junior Women National Championship 2020 (A Div), Hisar, which was scheduled for (22 April to 3 May) will now be held from May 12 to May 23, 2020

7. 10th Sub Junior Men National Championship 2020 (B Div), Imphal, Manipur, which was scheduled for (April 26 to 3 May) will now be held from May 28 to June 4, 2020

8. 10th Sub Junior Men National Championship 2020 (A Div), Imphal, Manipur, which was scheduled for (May 7 to 17) will now be held from June 3 to June 13, 2020