World No. 22 Russia arrived today in Bhubaneswar with the hopes of securing their berth in the next round of qualification for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 as they take part in the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019 which starts from 6th June 2019 here at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium.
Russia are grouped with India, Poland and Uzbekistan in Pool A, and the competition for the top-spot in the Pool will be tough.
However, the visiting teams believe that they will be able to at least secure the second spot in Pool A’s points table.
World No. 22 Russia have not played much hockey this year, but their Captain Denis Scshipachev said that his team is well-prepared to compete.
“We have prepared very well for the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha 2019. We had a few camps in Russia and in Europe, so we are very confident of doing well here,”
“We are going to play our first match against India in a stadium filled with a large crowd,”
“It is going to be a huge challenge for us to play the host country, but we are looking forward to starting well against India, and a good performance shall give us more confidence going into the other two Pool matches,” he said.
Russia plays India in their first match of the tournament on Thursday, 6th June 2019 at 19.00hrs IST.