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Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian hockey teams’ schedules announced

Highlights

  • The Indian women's hockey team will kick start their campaign at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics against the Netherlands, the world body (FIH) announced here on Tuesday.
  • The men's team were handed a tie against New Zealand.
  • Both the sides are placed in the Group A of the respective events.

The Indian women’s hockey team will kick start their campaign at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics against the Netherlands while the men’s team were handed a tie against New Zealand, the world body (FIH) said here on Tuesday. The matches will be played on July 25.

Both the Indian teams will play their matches on the 1st day of hockey competitions, according to the match schedules released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for next year’s Olympics.

In the Group A, the women’s team will take on Germany on July 27, followed by a meeting with meeting Great Britain (July 29), Ireland on July 31 and South Africa (August 1).

After facing New Zealand, eight-time champions India will face world No.1 Australia on July 26 followed by games against Spain (July 28), reigning champions Argentina (July 30) before the last tie against hosts Japan (July 31) in Group A.

The gold medal matches of the men’s and women’s will be held on August 6 and 7 respectively, the FIH said in a statement.

India’s Road to Tokyo

The Indian women’s team, ranked ninth in the world, made it to the Tokyo Olympics with a thrilling 6-5 victory (on aggregate) over the United States in the qualifiers earlier this month in Bhubaneswar.

However, the Indian men’s team, on the other hand, didn’t have much difficulty making it to the Olympics. Ranked fifth in the world, the Men in Blue defeated Russia 11-3 on aggregate also in Bhubaneswar earlier this month.

The Tokyo Olympic hockey tournaments’ match schedule was announced during a press conference in Tokyo. The event was attended by Tayyab Ikram, FIH Executive Board Member as well as IOC Olympic Solidarity Commission Member, Koji Murofushi, Tokyo 2020 Sports Director, Shihori Oikawa, Japan Women’s hockey national team, and Seren Tanaka, Japan Men’s hockey national team.

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