Tokyo Olympics 2021: If the final match of hockey in Tokyo Olympics is canceled due to Corona, then both the teams will be given gold medals. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) gave this information on Friday. FIH Chief Executive Officer Thierry Weil said that due to Corona, teams will also have the right to withdraw from this competition.
FIH made special rules
According to the Special Game Rules (SSR) made by the FIH, if one team is unable to play a pool match, the other team will be considered as the winner 5-0. If both teams fail to play, it will be considered a goalless draw. Teams can play the rest of the pool matches.
Even if this happens, both the teams will get gold.
Thierry Weil said that, “If the names of both the teams are withdrawn in the final, both will be given gold medals. It is clearly written in the SSR.” Describing the Tokyo Olympics as different from the normal Games, he said that he can play even if there are cases of corona in the team. He said that there is a lot of ‘if but’ about the rules which need clarification. He expressed hope that such a situation will not come when a team will have to withdraw its name due to Corona.
Likely to happen this time
He said in the virtual press conference, “This game is different from ordinary games. These will be recorded in Olympic history. It’s not the Olympics like before. All the players and the people concerned know that their health and that of the people are at stake.” When asked about the rule regarding the withdrawal of the hockey team due to Corona, he said, “No figure is fixed. It depends on the team. The team can play even if there are six, seven cases. Only if the entire team is affected, will there be a time to withdraw the name.
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