New Delhi, Aug 11: After internal consultation, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has decided to abandon the penalty corner rule trial in the particular format which was recently announced.
Discontinuing this trial does not stop the process of reviewing and evaluating different options for possible changes to enhance the safety of our athletes and collecting the required data, but it has been concluded that at this stage, further consultation is sensible before doing relevant and meaningful testing of possible changes.
FIH President Tayyab Ikram said: "I think it is wise for us not to proceed with this trial, because we must protect the original characteristics of the penalty corner. Athlete safety must not be compromised, but the penalty corner is such an integral and iconic part of our game that we must be very considerate and careful when we explore changes to it. Therefore, I have initiated a re-evaluation and further evaluation to design a trial that will protect the original form of the penalty corner, while we also continue to work on enhancing athlete safety in our game and especially in the penalty corner situation."