More than 100 days since they reported at the national camp, the Indian men’s and women’s hockey players are finally headed home for a month-long break, starting Friday.

The 56-odd probables had been stuck at the Sports Authority of India’s Bengaluru Centre due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown. While the men had been at the camp since March 2 following their Pro League games against Australia, Belgium and Holland in Bhubaneswar, the women had been cooped up since February 16, making it a four-month-long stay.

The decision was taken by Hockey India late on Wednesday evening following consultations with SAI officials, coaches and support staff and players themselves. It is understood that while most players preferred leaving on Thursday, ticketing issues and working out travel formalities took time.

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