Bangladesh Hockey Federation on Wednesday informed that they have been instructed to postpone the upcoming Al-Arafah Islami Bank Men’s Junior (U-21) Asia Cup due to the second wave of coronavirus in the country.
“We asked the government for the permission and guidelines for the meet but the sports ministry today (Wednesday) instructed us to postpone the meet. We don't know when the government will lift travel bans. So, we proposed to AHF to postpone the meet until the situation becomes normal,” BHF Acting General Secretary Mohammad Yousuf told The Daily Sun.The Junior Asia Cup, which is also a qualifier for the upcoming Junior World Cup, was originally scheduled to be held on June 4 to 12 last year but Asian Hockey Federation rescheduled it on January 21 to 30 this year due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Later, the government again instructed the hockey federation to postpone the dates so AHF for the second time rescheduled the meet from July 1 to 10 this year.
A total of ten teams, split into two groups, were scheduled to take part in the competition.