Sri Lankan hockey team cancels Bangkok tour for security concern

09:13, May 19, 2010      

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Sri Lanka women's hockey team has cancelled a tour to Bangkok citing security fears in Thailand, officials said Tuesday.

"We cannot allow a women's team which includes three school girls to tour a country which is unstable," Gamini Jayasinghe, secretary of the National Hockey Federation was quoted in the local media as saying.

The 18-member Sri Lanka team was to leave on Wednesday for the tournament starting on Saturday which is the qualifier for the next Asian Games.

Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kazakhastan were the other teams taking part in the qualifying round.

Sri Lankan cricket team suffered a terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan in 2009 during which at least four players and their coaching staff were injured.



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