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National Women's Hockey League can create pathway to senior India team for young players, says ex-India captain Pritam Siwach

Published at :April 18, 2024 at 6:37 PM
Modified at :April 18, 2024 at 6:38 PM
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Pritam Siwach also shared how the tournament will play a crucial role in the development of the game in the subcontinent.

Lauding the initiative, Pritam Siwach, who along with her husband runs the Pritam Siwach Hockey Academy, said, “It is an excellent initiative started by Hockey India. The National Women’s Hockey League will provide an opportunity for young players to showcase their skills and techniques and make a name for themselves, thus creating their own pathway to the national team going forward.”

It must be noted that the Pritam Siwach Hockey Academy is based in Sonipat and has produced many stars for the Indian team, such as Neha, Sharmila Devi, Nisha Warsi, and Jyoti, among others. 

“Through this, the players will also get to know what areas they need to work on and how they can improve their game. It is also equally important for the coaches, as they will be more aware of the players and how they can work on them, train them, and refine their game,” Pritam Siwach added.

The National Women’s Hockey League is the first domestic women’s league of its kind in India, promising an exhilarating showcase of talent and skill. The league is structured into two phases, with the inaugural phase set to take place in Ranchi, Jharkhand, from April 30th to May 9th, 2024. All matches during this phase will be hosted at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Astroturf Hockey Stadium.

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The National Women’s Hockey League will feature teams that secured top-eight positions in the recently concluded 14th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship 2024 in Pune. The teams are – Hockey Haryana, Hockey Maharashtra, Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Madhya Pradesh, Hockey Bengal, Hockey Mizoram, Manipur Hockey, and Hockey Association of Odisha.

The Dronacharya Awardee also expressed her thoughts on the senior men’s team as they prepare and train rigorously ahead of the Paris Olympics. Pritam Siwach said, “The team has some really talented players who have the capabilities of winning matches. Yes, the pool in which India is placed in is a bit tricky, but I am confident that the team will pass this test and hopefully change the colour of the medal to gold.”

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