India pulls out of Under-21 hockey tournament in Malaysia

This will be the second successive year when?India will not be taking part in the Johor Bahru hockey tournament Photograph:( Agencies )

WION New Delhi Apr 14, 2017, 02.28 PM (IST)

India has decided to pull out of Under-21 Johor Bahru hockey tournament in Malaysia which also features Pakistan.

Hockey India announced the decision not to send the Indian junior men's team for the Johor Bahru Cup. The tournament was set to be held between October 22- 29 October. 

The move comes as India and Pakistan relations nosedived this week in the wake of spying charges levelled by a Pakistan military court against an Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav.   

This will be the second successive year when India will not be taking part in the tournament. The junior men's team had won the tournament in 2015. 

Earlier this year, in January, Hockey India announced it's decision to not play any tournaments against Pakistan until they submit an unconditional written apology for ''lewd and unprofessional behaviour" of the Pakistan team during the FIH Champions Trophy 2014. 

On 1 December 2016, PHF had issued a statement rejecting claims by International Hockey Federation(FIH) that it had not submitted travel documents for its players by official deadline, which FIH said resulted in its exclusion from the junior World Cup. PHF alleged that Hockey India did not want the Pakistan team to participate in the coveted tournament.