The Indian women’s hockey team, led by skipper Rani, will open their campaign today for the 9th Women’s Asia Cup 2017, in Kakamigahara, Japan.
It is going to be an important tournament for the Indian team as they look to confirm their spot at next year’s Women’s Hockey World Cup in London and newly-appointed Chief Coach Harendra Singh.
“We have been training well at the National Camp for the past four weeks in order to prepare for the Women’s Asia Cup in Japan. The 18-member team has had the right exposure in the past few months as they have toured Europe and played against tough opponents. At the Women’s Asia Cup, we will look to perform well in order to confirm qualification for next year’s World Cup,” said Chief Coach Harendra Singh.
Chief Coach Harendra Singh is confident that his team can produce good performances against higher ranked teams in China, Korea and Japan when they face off in the upcoming tournament.
India go into the tournament as the 12th ranked team in the world and will be up against three other Asian teams who are ahead of them in the FIH World Rankings with China being ranked 8th, Korea 9th and Japan 11th.