Indian hockey team is preparing for the Hockey World League (HWL) in full-swing.
Indian team has been placed in Pool A with reigning World Champions Australia, Pakistan, Poland and France. India will open their campaign against France on June 20th, 2015. The HWL semi-finals by International Hockey Federation (FIH) will last from June 20 to July 5th, 2015.
Ace drag flicker Rupinder Pal Singh said that India hoped to offer a strong defence this time, when they take on other top teams
“The defence in this tournament intends to come out strong. We are working on closing the space which will make things tough for the opponents. We are now realising that earlier there were gaps which helped the opposition to score against us. This time around, we have particularly worked on this area and are now waiting to start putting this learning into play,” Rupinder said.
The top 4 sides from the 10-team tournament will proceed to the HWL Final to be played in November-December in India. The top-3 teams will qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, India became the first team to qualify for the Olympics when they won the 2014 Incheon Asian Games gold.
We hope for a great show by the Indian Hockey Team. Our support and cheer is always with the team….Go India..Chak De!
Source: IBN Live