FIH apologises for timer error in Birmingham 2022 women’s hockey semi-final

Birmingham 2022 women’s hockey: The Commonwealth Games 2022 are currently taking place in Birmingham, and on Friday, during the women’s hockey semifinal between India and Australia, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) issued an apology.

An official statement from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) read, “The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) took cognisance of the shot-clock error during the Indian women’s hockey team’s semi-final against Australia at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on August 5.”

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Savita Punia, the goalie and captain of India, intercepted Australia’s initial effort in the penalty shootout, which resulted in the goal being ruled invalid because the timer had not started. Australia then retook their first attempt in the shootout and scored.

The statement continued, “On August 6, the IOA made an official complaint regarding the behaviour of the technical officials in the aforementioned semi-final and was addressed to Gina Dowson, the Commonwealth Games Association Relations Manager.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) acknowledged the IOA’s complaint later in the day and assured them that “the situation will be thoroughly evaluated by the FIH in order to avoid any similar concerns in the future.” Additionally, the governing organisation admits “that the first penalty shoot-out last night started accidentally too early (the clock on the scoreboard was not yet ready to run), for which we sincerely apologise,” according to the FIH.

In the penalty shootout, the Indian women’s hockey team lost against Australia by a score of 3-0.

In the shootout, Australia’s Ambrosia Malone, Kaitlin Nobbs, and Amy Lawton scored goals, while India’s Lalremsiami, Neha, and Navneet Kaur missed their opportunities.

India next faced New Zealand in a bronze-medal match following this.

The Indian women’s hockey team won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022 by beating New Zealand in a shootout in Birmingham.

Salima Tete (29′) scored India’s goal in ordinary time, but Olivia Merry (60′) scored a late goal for New Zealand to force a shootout. India overcame a 1-1 tie in regulation time by winning the shootout 2-1. Savita made three outstanding saves during the shootout, and Sonika and Navneet Kaur both scored past Kiwi goalkeeper Grace O’Hanlon. (ANI)

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