The gold medal already out of their grasp, Indian women's hockey team will be eyeing to return at least with a bronze from the 17th Asian Games when they take on Japan, in what can be regarded as a revenge encounter, in the third-fourth place play-off here on Wednesday.
Having outclassed Canada in the lung opener, the Indian women`s hockey team led by Ritu Rani will be facing a sterner test when they meet a formidable New Zealand side in another group league clash here tomorrow.
Riding high on their recent clean sweep against Malaysia, the Ritu Rani-led Indian womens hockey team is headed off to Edinburgh (Scotland) from the national capital today for the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games starting July 23.
Midfielder Ritu Rani will lead a 21-member Indian women`s hockey squad in the upcoming tour of Malaysia, which is scheduled to take place from June 7 to June 17 as part of preparations for the Commonwealth and Asian Games.
Gearing up for the Women`s Champions Challenge after a successful build-up campaign in their recent tour of Europe, Indian women`s hockey captain Ritu Rani said the team is well-prepared to face the toughest of oppositions in the big event starting on Sunday in Glasgow.
Forwards Navneet Kaur and Neha Goyal have been included for the first time in the 18-member Indian women`s hockey squad, led by midfielder Ritu Rani, for the FIH Champions Challenge 1 to be held from April 27 May 4. Midfielder Chanchan Devi will be the vice-captain for the eight-nation tournament to be played at Glasgow, Scotland.
Indian women continued their impressive show at the Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) hockey tournament as they spanked Malaysia 5-1 to secure their place in the summit clash of the event at Kakamigahara, Japan on Monday.
Midfielder Ritu Rani will lead India`s 18-member senior women squad which will compete at the 3rd Asian Champions Trophy to be played at Kakamigahara, Japan from November 2 to 9, Hockey India said on Friday.