Thursday, May 23, 2024

Netherlands fined for EuroHockey indoor withdrawals

The Netherlands have been hit with a fine of around 6,000 Euros following their decision to quit international indoor hockey.

EuroHockey issued a fine for a breach alleged late withdrawal ahead of the Indoor Championships this year in the men’s and women’s formsat.

The Dutch federation was fined a penalty of 2,500 Euros for pulling out of the women’s event and 3,464.12 Euros for withdrawing from the men’s tournament in Leuven in February. 

The Dutch hockey federation’s decision to quit international indoor hockey for its men’s and women’s teams has been described as a “death blow” for the Oranje teams and players.

KNHB cancelled Netherlands’ participation in tournaments due to a packed global hockey calendar, with federation chiefs citing “too great a burden on resilience of players and supervisors”.

National coach Robert Tigges, who is now without a winter job, questioned the association’s decision. “Which committee decided this?

“Were there also indoor hockey fans in there? I think it is more of a political issue. Indoor hockey has been used as a warning to EuroHockey and the FIH,” he stated.

The first the players knew about the decision was when an email was sent to the current internationals, saying that it would drop out of the indoor European Championships and World Championships.

Total Hockey


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  1. Robert Tigges should be listened to. The Dutch Federation implying that the calendar is too much for players is an absolute joke. None of the indoor players play for the outdoor team unlike in the early 2000s. Maybe need to check the relevant constitution and find out if the actions are legal. I would doubt it. Maybe room for Dutch indoor to go on their own. If honest the Federation sounds as if it would be glad to see the back of them.
    EH need to clean up their house too.
    Absolutely letting down the Indoor community. Players missing out on international exposure. Coaches missing out. GBs captain in Rio was an indoor captain just prior .GB have not won since.
    Just look at Belgium. No more explanation. Just do some due diligence and boards, remember who you serve.


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