Hockey India reversed its decision to withdraw from the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin has announced that Indian hockey teams will compete at the CWG.
The Commonwealth Games are scheduled to take place between July 28 and August 8, 2021. The Indian men’s hockey team won a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games after 41 years. It was India’s first Olympic hockey medal since winning a medal in Moscow in 1980. Meanwhile, the women’s national team managed to take fourth place at the Summer Games.
Indian Olympic Federation (IOC) President Narinder Batra and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur have guaranteed India’s participation in the CWG, provided they qualify for the event. Martin said Indian hockey teams will have to secure a place in the CWG qualifiers.
“No team has offered a place yet, but the IOA has told the CGF president that it will (IOA) accept if the teams qualify, which is very likely,” a CGF official told PTI.
Earlier, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur rebuked Hockey India for its unilateral decision to withdraw from the CWG without any interaction with the Ministry of Sports.
“The hockey federation should have consulted the sports ministry and the government before deciding to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Thakur also struck at players saying if cricketers can play in the IPL as well as the World Cup, why can’t hockey players participate at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games? ”said Anurag Thakur.
Indian hockey teams will compete in the Commomwealth Games “if they qualify” – Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF):
The Indian Olympic Federation (IOA) has reached an agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), assuring that Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams will participate in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The President of the Indian Olympic Federation (IOA) Narinder Batra during a dialogue with CGF President Louise Martin said that the Indian Hockey Contingent will participate in the Commonwealth Games only after securing qualifications.
“I understand, the Indian Minister of Sport was involved and he was influential. The President of the GCF (Dame Louis Martin) was in close dialogue with the President of the IOA.” Asked if the development of events means that Indian hockey teams will participate in the Birmingham Games, he said: “Yes, that would be true if (the teams) qualify.”
The list of qualified countries participating in the CWG hockey tournament has not yet been released and should be officially released in February next year.
Earlier, in October, Hockey India announced it was withdrawing from the Commonwealth Games in 2022, citing COVID-19 trouble. The 2022 Asian Games will provide direct qualifications for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Therefore, having in mind all the problems and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, the qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, Hockey India has taken a step away from the CWG.