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FIH on reverse stick: ‘Banning this exciting skill at all levels is not something we are considering’

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Rod Gilmour
Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

World hockey will continue to monitor injuries regarding dangerous shots in the sport but have so far seen no indication to outlaw hits such as the reverse, with national assocations not having reported any uptick in specific injuries.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) was responding following Olympian and coach John Shaw’s open letter to The Hockey Paper over his fears that the backhand/reverse could lead to a fatality.

Outlining the world body’s position, FIH sport director Jon Wyatt said: “Given John’s playing and coaching credentials and experience, I as a former team-mate and we at the FIH, of course take his views and concerns very seriously.

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