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India’s Junior Hockey Heroes Triumph in Thrilling Final, Claim Men’s Junior Asia Cup Title

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The Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team triumphed over arch-rivals Pakistan with a scoreline of 2-1 in the highly anticipated Final of the Men’s Junior Asia Cup 2023 held in Salalah, Oman. The match displayed early goals from Angad Bir Singh (13′) and Araijeet Singh Hundal (20′), securing India’s dominance. Noteworthy saves by goalkeeper Shashikumar Mohith Honnenahalli maintained India’s lead throughout the game.

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This victory marks a historic achievement for India, as they now hold the record for the most titles won at the Men’s Junior Asia Cup. Previously crowned champions in 2004, 2008, and 2015, India’s junior team has once again demonstrated their mettle on the international stage. Pakistan, winners in 1988, 1992, and 1996, put up a fierce fight but fell short against the relentless Indian squad.

In recognition of the team’s exceptional performance and their unbeaten record in the tournament, which also secured their qualification for the FIH Men’s Junior World Cup in Malaysia, the Hockey India Executive Board announced a cash prize of INR 2.00 lakh for each player and INR 1.00 lakh for each member of the support staff.

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Hockey India President Padma Shri Dilip Tirkey congratulated the team and said,

“The Indian Junior Men’s team has made us all extremely proud with their unbeaten performance at the Junior Asia Cup. The team has shown great promise over the past few months, particularly after their historic win at the Sultan of Johor Cup they have become a dominate force and I believe this big win will hold them in good stead for the Junior World Cup later this year. Hockey India has decided to honour the players for this feat with a befitting cash award. I congratulate the team and the support staff for their efforts.”

Meanwhile, Hockey India Secretary General Bhola Nath Singh also wished the team on their successful campaign, saying,

“The team showcased great character and spirit of the game in every match. The team’s continued success at the Junior Asia Cup is a testimony to Hockey India’s national program for the U21. I congratulate the team and the support staff for keeping up the Indian team’s record intact at the Junior Asia Cup.”

With a resounding 9-1 victory against South Korea in the Semi-Finals, the Indian team entered the Final brimming with confidence. They capitalized on early scoring opportunities, exploiting Pakistan’s defensive vulnerabilities and converting a penalty corner in the 13th minute. Araijeet Singh Hundal’s powerful shot was expertly deflected by Angad Bir Singh, sealing their early advantage.

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