FIH Pro League extends 2020 campaign by 12 months
Field hockey's Pro League, the fledgling national team competition featuring both men's and women's editions, has extended the end of its ongoing 2020 season by 12 months.
The 2020 campaign, which was due to end in June this year, will now run through to June 2021, due to the current shutdown of the vast majority of professional sport caused by the ongoing coronavirus.
The Pro League was initially designed to run between January and June each year.
The new league launched its initial campaign in January last year, with eight teams competing. The 2020 season still has around two-thirds of its matches still to play, although due to the competition’s format, some teams have played considerably more fixtures than others.
It has not yet been specified when exactly Pro League matches will be able to start again.
The last action from this year’s Pro League took place in early March, at which point the league was postponed until further notice due to the virus.
The FIH, field hockey’s global governing body, said in a statement: “Taking into account both the latest recommendations… and the recent announcement regarding the one year postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, it was universally agreed that extending Season 2 into the middle of 2021 was the appropriate course of action.”
Thierry Weil, the FIH’s chief executive, said: “We all believe we have found the correct path forward regarding the current edition of the Pro League, giving ourselves additional time to play the matches whilst also relieving pressure on both the athletes and the calendar for 2021.
“Looking ahead to the remainder of the 2020-21 season and beyond, the changes that will be introduced for Season 3 are another significant step in the evolution of this fantastic competition.”
The 2021-22 Pro League season, the competition’s third, has also been moved, and is now scheduled to take place between September 2021 and June 2022.