Indian junior men’s hockey team gear up for FIH men’s junior world cup 2023
India secured bronze in the recently concluded Sultan of Johor Cup.
The Indian Colts’ aspiration to secure a podium finish at the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2023, commencing in exactly a month on December 5th, received a boost following their victory in the bronze medal match against archrivals Pakistan.
This prestigious event will feature 16 teams competing for honors, divided into 4 Pools. India is placed in Pool C alongside Spain, Korea, and Canada. Argentina, Australia, Chile, and hosts Malaysia are in Pool A, while Germany, France, South Africa, and Egypt are in Pool B.
The Netherlands, Belgium, Pakistan, and New Zealand make up Pool D. The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team will commence their campaign against Korea on December 5th, followed by matches against Spain on December 7th and Canada on December 9th.
This tournament served as excellent preparation for the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2023, as they competed against several world-class teams, including Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Pakistan. Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team Coach CR Kumar commented, “The team has performed well,” but added, “However, I wouldn’t call it satisfying because there are some things we could have done better.”
“We will now return to Bangalore and utilize the weeks leading up to the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2023 to improve and fine-tune the areas we identified during this performance in Johor Bahru. This tournament also provided us with insights into the performances of other teams that will compete in the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2023, and we will plan our strategies accordingly,” he concluded.
The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team secured a spot in the FIH Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2023 by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan 2-1 in the final of the 2023 Men’s Hockey Junior Asia Cup held in Salalah, Oman.
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