Indian Women’s Hockey Team Eyes Paris Olympics 2024 Qualification in FIH Olympic Qualifiers

Indian Women's Hockey Team aims for Paris Olympics 2024 in FIH Qualifiers, facing challenges and a notable lineup change.

In a quest for their third consecutive Olympic berth, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team has arrived in Ranchi for the crucial FIH Olympic Qualifiers 2024. Led by seasoned goalkeeper Savita, the team is set to commence their campaign on January 13, 2024, against the United States – a rematch from the 2019 battle for a Tokyo Olympics ticket.

The Indian squad, placed in Pool B, will face New Zealand on January 14 and Italy on January 16, with knockout matches scheduled for January 18 and 19. The competition includes formidable teams like Olympic Silver medalists Germany, former Asian Games Champions Japan, Chile, and the Czech Republic in Pool A. The top three teams from the qualifiers will secure a spot in the Paris Olympic Games 2024.

Expressing excitement about returning to Ranchi, Captain Savita mentioned the overwhelming support received during the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy, setting a positive tone for their campaign. With the opening match against the USA, a familiar opponent from the previous Olympic Qualifiers, the team anticipates a thrilling start to their journey.

However, the home side faced a setback as experienced forward Vandana Katariya, also the Vice Captain, was ruled out due to injury. Baljeet Kaur, a promising talent, will step in as her replacement. Meanwhile, local star Nikki Pradhan, hailing from Jharkhand, assumes the role of Vice Captain. Nikki, who made history as the first women’s hockey player from Jharkhand to represent India at the Olympic Games in 2016, adds a significant local flavor to the team.

As anticipation builds for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team remains focused on achieving success in Ranchi and securing their ticket to the prestigious Paris Olympics in 2024.

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