India versus New Zealand match in the 3-Nation Junior Tournament in Canberra. PTI Photo
Lausanne: The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday extended the second edition of its prestigious Pro League by one year till June 2021 after a slew of matches were postponed due to the Covid19 pandemic.
The Season 2 was set to run from January to June 2020 and around one third of the matches were completed by early March before the escalating Covid19 crisis brought the competition to a halt.
The FIH said the decision was reached after agreement with 11 participating countries, including India.
India are currently fourth on the table with 10 points from two wins and as many losses and draws. They are behind Belgium, Australia and the Netherlands.
The world hockey body was planning to hold the ties in July - August, provided the current situation improves.
"The decision to spread the Pro League season over a longer time period will allow for greater flexibility in terms of the scheduling, reducing match congestion in the first half of the year whilst also helping to ensure that international hockey remains highly visible via broadcast for much of the year," FIH said.