FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup: Health Ministry Exempts Foreign Players From Home Quarantine

Bhubaneswar: The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has exempted the foreign players from home quarantine for their participation in the FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup 2021. The international tournament has been scheduled at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium from November 24 to December 5.

As per a letter by issued by the H&FW Ministry to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the international participants visiting India to participate in the FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup shall be expempted from mandatory home quarantine requirements under specific conditions.

These are:

• It shall be ensured that the pre-arrival RT-PCR COVID-19 test for all participants is conducted within 72 hours of departure.

• The participants arriving from Europe and Middle East would be tested on arrival in India. They shall give their samples and exit the airport.

• All the participants will self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival in India and if they develop any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, they will isolate themselves and report the same to the event organizers/ nearest COVID heath facility/ National or State helpline.

• All participants should minimize public interaction and follow COVID appropriate behavior (wear mask, maintain physical distancing, maintain respiratory and hand hygiene) throughout their visit.

• Department of Sports will monitor the participants and in case any participants develops any symptoms suggestive of Covid -19 during their stay in India would be tested by RT-PCR and if found positive, the participant would be isolated and managed, and the contacts quarantined.

There are 16 teams participating in this event to be held in Odisha. The letter by the Health Ministry stated: All participants from these countries – Belgium, Malaysia, South Africa, Chile, Canada, France, Poland, Netherlands, Spain, Korea, USA, Germany, Argentina, Pakistan and Egypt will be exempted from the home quarantine (for COVID-19), under specific guidelines.