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India vs USA Highlights: Women's FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024

Published at :January 13, 2024 at 7:23 PM
Modified at :January 14, 2024 at 12:52 AM
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The battle to earn a berth for Paris Olympics 2024 begins tomorrow, with the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 kicking off in Ranchi, Jharkhand at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Astro Turf on Saturday. The eight teams in the fray include world no.5 Germany, Japan, Chile and Czech Republic in Pool A while hosts India are clubbed in Pool B with New Zealand, United States and Italy. Only the top three teams in the tournament will make the qualification cut.

Vying for their third consecutive Olympic berth, the Savita-led Indian women’s hockey team are optimistic about their chances. Going into the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 as the second highest ranked team, the hosts will be riding on some significant performances in recent times, namely the Asian Champions Trophy where they avenged their loss to China in the semifinals of the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou.

“We are ready for the tournament. The entire team understands that this is the first step towards the Paris Olympics dream. We have worked on ourselves as an individual and as a team. Our focus will be on our own strength, and not worry too much about what the opponents will bring to the table,” asserted a confident captain Savita. 

The Indian side will begin their campaign with a match against the United States on Saturday. The Indian team had defeated the US in the 2019 FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers and will be looking to repeat that performance this time too. “There will be pressure when we take on the USA.

“No doubt, they are a good side. But as I have always said, there is pressure in every match and every tournament, this is no different. We have worked on ourselves mentally and have worked on how to overcome difficult situations in the match,” stated Savita.

Speaking about the pressure to qualify for the Olympics, chief coach Janneke Schopman said, “The Olympics is the biggest tournament, so of course there will be pressure. Every team here wants to qualify for the Olympics and the team is aware of the challenges they will face but as Savita said, the team is well-prepared and playing in Ranchi is an advantage.

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“We saw how much they rallied behind the team when the Asian Champions Trophy was held here, I believe their support will count this time too. If our team plays to our potential, I know we stand a sure shot to qualify.”

The Indian team will take on the United States in their opening match of the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers 2024 on January 13, followed by a match against New Zealand on January 14. After a day’s rest, India will play Italy on January 16, while the semifinals will be held on 18 and the final on January 19.

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