The global Hockey Federation (FIH) is mulling over having India and Pakistan play their home and away games in Europe when the arch-rivals confront at the Olympic qualifying tournament to get a berth in the 2020 Tokyo Games. India and Pakistan have been seeded in 2 distinct parts of the draw from FIH on Thursday, and they can meet at the Olympics qualifying tournament.
“From the qualifiers at September-October, the top tier teams might need to play against the lower tier teams, and Pakistan and India that has won one qualifying championship may be drawn up against each other,” he explained. Pakistan, Egypt, South Korea, Spain, Germany, New Zealand, India, along with various other groups, are expected to incorporate at the championship for the summer Olympics using seven berths at stake.
The PHF source stated they’d managed to convince the FIH to provide them entrance in the championship after paying the initial installment of this fine levied on the PHF for not sending its team for the Guru Hockey League earlier this season.
“It isn’t mandatory we may draw India but if this occurs then the FIH will likely schedule the games in Europe as states aren’t conducive to play with the games in India or Pakistan,” he explained.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated in the wake of Indian government’s scrapping of Article 370 that had accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The source also stated that preparations are on for Pakistan to compete at the Olympic qualifying events as emerging from the Summer Olympics are a significant boost for the sport in the nation.
Pakistan, now ranked 17th in the entire world, had missed out on the last Olympic games in Brazil.