Pan Am Hockey Challenge postponed to late 2020

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Following the earlier postponement of the Indoor Pan Am Cup, the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) continues to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) closely.

Following consultation with the Peru Hockey Federation, the PAHF has taken a decision to postpone the 2020 Pan American Challenge I and II/South American Championship, originally scheduled for June 27 to July 5, 2020, to a date in October or November 2020.

“This is due to the proximity of the dates of this event, and out of concern for the well-being and safety of our athletes, support staff, event officials and the public at large given the COVID-19 situation,” the PAHF said in a statement on its website.

President of the Guyana Hockey Board, Philip Fernandes, said national teams were preparing for overseas engagements, including the Pan Am Challenge, but those sessions have been suspended, owing to the coronavirus threat.

Fernandes said earlier in the week: “As far as the international competitions go, our next event internationally was supposed to be the Pan Am Challenge, which was scheduled for the end of June in Peru. They have not officially postponed that event as yet, but we anticipate that they will be making a decision shortly.”

The PAHF also made some other announcements on Saturday, with regards to upcoming tournaments. See below.

RESCHEDULING OF THE 2020 INDOOR PAN AMERICAN CUP

Further to our public release on 11th March 2020 advising of the postponement of the Indoor Pan Am Cup, and the announcement yesterday of the dates and venue for the Indoor World Cup (3 – 7 February 2021 in Liege, Belgium) the PAHF wishes to that our qualifying event will be rescheduled to a date in October 2020.

The new date will be announced by the end of June. The rescheduling of this event is still dependent on improvements in the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation that is currently impacting the global community, and more directly, our region.

JUNIOR PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS (U-21)

The Junior Pan Am Championship/Junior World Cup Qualifier scheduled for 31 November – 13th December 2020 is still on schedule, but also subject to improvements in the COVID-19 situation.

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