Strike badly by the attack of Russia, Ukraine on Tuesday dragged out of the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup, which is going to be held in Potchefstroom, South Africa from April 1 to 12.
International Hockey Federation (FIH) CEO Thierry Weil said in a statement, “This is of course a very sad situation, first and foremost for all members of the team, especially the players, and I would like, on behalf of FIH, to reassert our full solidarity with the Ukrainian hockey community at this terrible time.”
“I would also like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Hockey Associations of Poland and the Netherlands, as well as the Dutch club of HV Victoria, for their tremendous efforts in providing support to the team in the last couple of weeks,” he added.
Further added, “We wish a lot of strength to everyone within the Ukrainian hockey community. Our thoughts are with them. And we hope that peace will be restored as soon as possible.”
The FIH also announced that Ukraine will not be returned, suggesting the event will be played with 15 teams, with Pool B including South Africa, England, and Ireland. The matches in Ukraine will stand withdrawn.