LAHORE: Hockey’s Junior Asia Cup, scheduled to be played from June 4-12 in Dhaka, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Asian Hockey Federation has informed us about the postponement of the event and we duly support this decision, said a spokesman of the Pakistan Hockey Federation said on Wednesday.

Teams from Bangladesh, China, Oman, Uzbekistan, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Pakistan and Chinese Taipei were to take part in the tournament.

The event will serve as qualifying round for the next year’s FIH Junior World CUp.

“The health and well being of the players are the top priority of the AHF and every hockey playing nation and the decision of postponement has been taken after getting feed back from the participating countries,” added the spokseman.

He said the AHF has informed that the new dates of the event will be communicated when the situation in Asia returns to normalcy.

Published in Dawn, March 26th, 2020