Indian women’s hockey team equals highest-ever World No. 6 spot

Khel NowKhel Now
November 7 2023
Indian women's hockey team
(Courtesy : Hockey India)

The team recently won the women’s asian champions trophy.

On the back of their performance in the Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2023, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team has achieved the 6th rank in the world, accumulating 2368.83 points.

Previously ranked 8th, their bronze medal win at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 and victory in the Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023 have propelled them to their highest-ever ranking, last attained during the FIH Pro League in June 2022.

The Netherlands maintains its status as the top Women’s Hockey Team globally with 3422.40 points, followed by Australia in second place with 2817.73 points, and Argentina in third with 2766.90 points. India now stands ahead of Belgium in fourth place with 2608.77 points and Germany in fifth place with 2573.72 points.

This surge in world ranking bolsters the team as they prepare for the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers, scheduled for January 13th to 19th, 2024, in Ranchi, India. The Indian Women’s Hockey Team will compete against Germany, New Zealand, Japan, Chile, the United States, Italy, and the Czech Republic to secure a spot in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Hockey India President, Padma Shri Dr. Dilip Tirkey, praised the Indian Women’s Hockey Team, stating, “I would like to congratulate the team on achieving this ranking. It is a testament to the hard work and sacrifices they have made in their careers thus far. The aim is to break into the top three eventually, and this ranking serves as a positive indicator that the team is on an upward trajectory.

With Peter Haberl also joining the setup as a mental conditioning coach, I am confident that the team will continue to progress and surpass their achievements in the near future.”

Echoing the President’s sentiments, Hockey India Secretary General, Shri Bhola Nath Singh, added, “The Indian Women’s Hockey Team has performed admirably to secure the sixth-best position globally, and they deserve all the accolades they are receiving. With the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers on the horizon, it is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate to the world that India is a formidable force in women’s hockey.”

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