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Ukraine Withdraws from Junior Women’s Hockey World Cup


Ukraine has withdrawn from the upcoming FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup.© AFP

Hit hard by the Russian invasion, Ukraine on Tuesday withdrew from the FIH Women’s Hockey Youth World Cup, to be held in Potchefstroom, South Africa from 1 to 12 April. “This is of course a very sad situation, first and foremost for all team members, especially the players, and I would like, on behalf of FIH, to reaffirm our full solidarity with the Ukrainian hockey community at this terrible time,” the CEO said. International Hockey Federation (FIH) executive, Thierry Weil in a statement.

“I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to the Polish and Dutch Hockey Associations, as well as the Dutch club HV Victoria, for their great efforts in providing support to the team in the past few weeks“ We wish a lot of strength to everyone in the Ukrainian hockey community. Our minds are with them. And we hope security will be restored as soon as possible, “he added.

FIH further informed that Ukraine will not be replaced, meaning the event will be played with 15 teams, with Pool B made up of South Africa, England and Ireland. The Ukrainian match will be canceled.

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