As India enhanced its chances of qualifying for the Rio Games with a win over Japan on Saturday in the fifth-place playoff of the Hockey World League Semifinals, captain Ritu Rani expressed hope that an Olympic appearance would help lift women's hockey in our country.
India women's team's reluctance to launch an all-out attack despite trailing in the opening encounter against the home team has left Belgian coach Pascal Kina surprised.
Belgian captain Lieselotte van Lindt scored the lone goal of the match in the 35th minute to help the hosts clinched a 1-0 win against the Indian eves.
It will be make or break time for the Indian women's hockey team as they begin their campaign for qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics when they take the field against hosts Belgium in their Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Final opener here on Saturday.
Their eyes firmly set on a ticket to next year's Rio Olympics, Indian women's hockey team will lock horns with hosts Belgium in their inaugural match of the FIH World League Semi-Finals, here tomorrow.
Indian men's hockey team spanked lowly USA 4-0 in their third practice match even as the eves narrowly lost 1-2 to Italy in their second warm-up game ahead of the FIH World League Semi-Final to be held here from June 20 to July 5.
Hockey India has hosted a 'good luck dinner' for the Indian men and women teams ahead of their departures for the upcoming FIH World League Semi-Finals to be held in Antwerp, Belgium from June 20 to July 5.
With the team set to leave for the FIH World League Semi-Finals, Indian women's hockey chief coach Mathias Ahrens on Thursday said that his focus during the preparations was on improving penalty corner conversions and playing with more speed.
Indian men's hockey team captain Sardar Singh has been recommended for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award while 11 other names, including six women, have been put forward by Hockey India for the Arjuna award.
Indian women's hockey captain Ritu Rani on Wednesday said that their pool match against Australia in the upcoming Hawke's Bay Cup will be an important one as it would give her team an opportunity to figure out its loopholes before playing in the World League Semi-Finals in June.
Ms Avarna Jain, Chairperson of YFLO (Young FICCI Ladies Organisation) for the first time this year has instituted a Young Women Inspirators Award, which will be given to one woman every year who serves as an inspiration for young women.