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Substandard Accra Hockey pitch forces South Africa to withdraw from African Games hockey


South Africa has picked to pull out both its men’s and women’s hockey teams from the ongoing 13th African Games in Accra.


This choice lines up with suggestions and rules set out by the Worldwide Hockey League. The withdrawal comes because of worries in regards to the availability of the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Pitch to enough host the opposition.


Group SA has imparted this choice to the Nearby Getting sorted out Board of trustees (LOC) and the African Hockey League. As indicated by South Africa's Olympic overseeing body, SASOC, "in spite of rehashed confirmations that the pitches would be prepared for worldwide standard contest, the pitches are unacceptable."


Moreover, an assertion from the association gave on Monday shows that it has imparted its explanations behind leaving from Ghana to the Neighborhood Sorting out Council (LOC). "In correspondence shipped off the LOC, Group SA group pioneer Ms. Persistence Shikwambana states: "Far beyond settling on this choice, our SA Hockey Organization talked with Sports Deck Stockroom, a South African-based expert in cover laying, and a FIH perceived specialist co-op.


They have likewise exhorted us - having investigated the pictures we imparted to them - that the field isn't good and may hurt the competitors." Ms. Shikwambana likewise noticed: "The rescheduling of the hockey contest, on three various events has, what's more, made a burden us strategically, collectively, where we needed to set up for both the groups to travel to Ghana in time for the beginning of the opposition.


"In the primary Culinary expert De Missions' site visit meeting toward the finish of October 2023, we were exhorted that there would be test occasions to guarantee status of scenes before the beginning of every contest. This, sadly, has not been the situation for Hockey.

What's more, as indicated by the FIH field confirmation rule, 'On the off chance that a field that isn't ensured is being considered as a competition setting, it ought to be tried at the earliest comfort to show consistence with this detail'.


"These tests ought to be directed a long time ahead of time before a rivalry - which, for this situation, have not occurred. Moreover, 'The FIH has various authorize test foundations, and these have licensed engineers situated all over the planet', which we are unsure assuming that they have been involved and given the important certificate."


South Africa has previously gotten capability for the two its people's hockey groups for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Given the vicinity of the African Games to the Paris Olympics and the worries encompassing the circumstances in Accra, it was considered a potential injury risk for Group SA to contend under these conditions.

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