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Savita Punia’s defense in India-Australia women’s hockey semi-finals at Commonwealth Games canceled

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India lost 0-3 to Australia in the women’s hockey semi-final on Friday© Twitter

A major controversy has erupted after goalkeeper Savita Punia’s defense during the penalty shootout was canceled for not setting the clock. In the end, the match ended with a heartbreak for India as Australia won the competition 3–0 in a shootout to progress to the final. It is important to note that Australia’s Ambrosia Malone missed a penalty, but the match officials called for the shot to be withdrawn, and Ambrosia did not fail to convert her strike this time.

Once asked to retake the shot, India women’s coach Jeanneke Schopman looked upset and was seen talking to the match officials. The umpiring call also left the commentators feeling shocked.

Australia eventually defeated India 3–0 in a shootout to cement their place in the final, and they would face England in a gold medal match. India, on the other hand, will take on New Zealand in the bronze medal match.

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Saturday apologized for the controversy surrounding the Indian women’s team’s semi-final loss against Australia at the Commonwealth Games, saying it will “thoroughly review” the incident. Australia’s Rosie Malone, who missed her first attempt during the penalty shootout, was given another chance as the eight-second countdown on the scoreboard had not started.

The FIH said in a statement, “In the semi-final match of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games between Australia and India (Women), the penalty shootout was accidentally started too early (the clock was not yet ready to operate), for which we We apologize,” the FIH said in a statement. ,

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“The procedure for such situations is that the penalty shootout will have to be retaken, which was done. The incident will be thoroughly reviewed by the FIH to avoid similar issues in the future,” the statement said.

(with PTI inputs)

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