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Hockey Asian Women's Champions Trophy to be held in Ranchi from October 27

Published at :August 22, 2023 at 3:30 PM
Modified at :January 13, 2024 at 6:11 PM
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India has won the tournament only once in 2016

After the successful completion of men’s Asian Champions Trophy, Hockey India today (July 22nd) in its press conference announced the commencement of Asian Women’s Champions Trophy scheduled to be held in Ranchi from October 27th to November 5th 2023. The tournament is set to feature six teams – India, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, China, and Korea.

Format for seventh edition of the tournament is set to remain the same as that of men’s with each team playing each others once in the league stages and the top four teams teams make it to the knockouts. Also International hockey is set to return back to Jharkhand after a long hiatus. The state previously hosted games during HIL (Hockey India League) featuring Ranchi Rays but once the league got halted, the state did not host any matches.

Apart from Odisha, hockey is reaching several parts of India which should boost sport’s interest among broader audience.

The tournament was inaugurated in 2010 and South Korea remain the most successful team bagging three titles followed by Japan with two and India with one. India leapfrogged China in a close encounter (2-1) in the 2016 edition held in Singapore. In the previous edition, India withdrew from the competition along with Malaysia due to covid related issues however the former thrashed Thailand (13-0) in the only encounter played.

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Gurjit Kaur scored five goals in the match against Thailand and finished the tournament as the highest goal scorer by playing just one match. This will also be Indian women’s team’s first major assignment post the completion of Hangzhou Asian Games. Post the Asian Champions Trophy, India will also be plying its trade in the FIH Pro League after a years break.

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