The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has decided to allow the defenders wear protective metal grills while trying to stop the powerful dragflicks during penalty corner conversion.
The FIH’s playing rules amendment comes in the wake of Australian cricket Phillip Hughes’ death after being hit by a Sean Abbott bouncer in a Sheffield Shield game last week.
In its website, the FIH mentioned that it had come up for discussion at its recently concluded Annual Congress. “A wider range of masks, including metal grill masks, will now be allowed to defend penalty corners. This amendment has been done to increase player safety. This will be available for worldwide adoption at international level from January 2015,” the FIH stated on its website.