“Homic” Indian hockey players were allowed to leave the facility on Friday after a month’s vacation, due to the COVID-19 lockdown being in the SAI center in Bengaluru for more than two months. Both male and female national teams were stuck at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Center in Bangalore since March 25, when the government announced a nationwide lockout to control the COVID-19 epidemic.
On Friday, barring a few, most of the team members returned to their original locations after giving a break.
“After consulting with the head coaches of both teams, Hockey India decided it was important to give the players the much-needed break,” Mohammed. Mushtaq Ahmed, President, Hockey India said in a statement.
“Players have been specifically informed that they need to follow government guidelines during this break and continue to follow social distances.
He said, “We are very proud of how our players handled this situation over the last 3-4 months and remain strong as a unit. It is important that they continue to function responsibly during this break Keep it. “
The players had said to be homesick during a virtual conversation with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju a few weeks ago.
Men’s team goalkeeper Suraj Karkera, who hails from Mumbai, and the women’s team trio of Vandana Kataria, Sushila Chanu and Lalremsiyami, all the other players, left the SAI center for their respective homes on Friday morning.
“Suraj did not go due to the critical situation in Mumbai, while Sushila, Vandana and Lalremsiyami returned to their respective states due to the COVID-19 protocol,” a source said.
While Sushila is from Manipur, Vandana and Lalremsiyami from Uttarakhand and Mizoram respectively.
Veteran goalkeeper and former captain of the men’s team from the airport, PR Sreejesh tweeted, “Heading home … it’s been over 100 days in Bangalore.”
Sreejesh hails from Kerala. The ban on international travel forced the men’s team’s support staff, including head coach Graham Reid, to stay in Bengaluru.
However, both women’s team head coach Sjord Marijen and analytical coach Janeke Schopman, from the Netherlands, are currently on their way back home via Mumbai.
It is learned that the two teams are expected to regroup at the SAI South Center in Bengaluru on 19 July.
The players began basic sports activities on June 10, after which lockdown restrictions were relaxed and outdoor training was allowed for Olympic-bound athletes.