Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament from March 23, 5th in India Rankings
10 times champion Australia also will not play outside number -1 Belgium
Sports desk The Indian hockey team is going into the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament from March 23. This team is India's last tournament before the Olympic qualifiers tournament, starting June. In such a situation, the team India would like to prepare for the preparation. But this time only the Indian team is coming out of the top-5 teams competing in the world rankings. Due to the Hockey Pro League, winning the title of 10 times and the World No. 2 Aussie team is not taking off.
Apart from this, No. 1 Belgian, No. 3 Netherlands and No. 4 Argentina are also not being included due to Pro League. In addition to India, Asian Games champions Japan, Canada, Malaysia, Poland and South Korea are taking part in the tournament. Talking about Top-10 in the world ranking, only Canada (10th) besides India is joining. Malaysia 13th, Japan 18th, Korea 17th and Poland's team are 21st. India is at number 5.
India 4th Champion
India has so far made four champions in the tournament, but for the last eight years, he has not won the title here. Last time in 2010, India and Korea were joint winners. The three-time champion Pakistan team is also not joining. This is the 28th year of the tournament. It started from 1983. The first title was made by the Australian team by its name.
Our competition in the tournament
(The final of the tournament will be played on March 30 between the top two teams.)
Captain Manpreet Boley- Do not consider any team weak
Captain Manpreet Singh said that this is our first tournament of the year. So we do not understand anyone weak. Asian Games Gold Medalist is our first match against Japan. In such a way, we will descend to defeat them. A total of 82 competitions have been played between India and Japan so far. 74 India has won, while Japan 4. Have 4 draws Regarding the World last year, he said that even though we could only reach the quarter-finals, we got to learn a lot here.
Olympic qualification will be held in Bhubaneswar from June 6, between 8 teams
Under the Olympic qualification tournament, from June 6 to 16, in Bhubaneswar, the World Series Finals will be. Apart from India, teams from Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, USA and Uzbekistan are descending. The top two teams of the tournament will go to the final round of Olympic qualification. Here 14 teams will descend. 7 will get an Olympic ticket.
Japan has got an entry into the tournament due to organizer and Asian Games gold medalist. Apart from this, one winner of each of the teams from Africa, America, Europe and Oceania Tournaments will also join. In this way, there will be a competition between 12 teams in the Olympics. 12 teams will also get a chance in the women's section.