New Delhi: Indian two-wheeler giant, Hero MotoCorp Limited (HMCL) was today named as the title sponsor for the men`s and women`s hockey London Olympic Qualification Tournament, the first of which will be held from February 18-26.
The qualifiers, titled as `Hero FIH Road to London`, will be played at Major Dhyanchand Hockey National Stadium.
The event will feature six teams from both men`s and women`s category competing against each other in a round-robin format for two Olympic berths out of the six available (1 of 3 men`s and 1 of 3 women`s) in this year`s Olympics.
The `Hero FIH Road to London` is the first of the three- leg qualifying events for the Games scheduled for July.
Following the round-robin league, the teams ranked first and second will play and the winner will book a ticket to London, while the remaining four teams will play placement games for FIH World Ranking points.
Commenting on the partnership, Pawan Munjal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Hero MotoCorp, said, "Hockey, being the national sport of the country, holds a special place in our hearts and we are pleased to partner with FIH in presenting the Hero FIH Road to London.
"We have always believed in nurturing and supporting various sporting disciplines including cricket, golf, shooting and hockey."
The tournament holds great importance for the Indian men`s and women`s hockey teams as this will be their only window to qualify for the London Olympics.
The Indian men`s team enters the tournament as favourites being the highest ranked side amongst the six nations competing in the event.