The Indian Women's Hockey Team will begin their quest to win the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou on 27th September with their opening match against Singapore. Having won the FIH Hockey Women's Nations Cup, the team is optimistic about their chances and is looking forward to the challenge they will face from the other teams.
Since 2014, the Indian Women's Hockey Team has faced Singapore three times and won each time, with their most recent victory coming during the Women's Asia Cup 2022.
The Indian Women’s Team has won six medals so far in the Asian Games with the prestigious Gold medal coming after they remained unbeaten in the inaugural edition, the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi. Since then, the Women’s Team has clinched two silver and three bronze medals.
India are placed in Pool A, alongside India, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong China, and Singapore in the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 and they will play their last group stage game against Hong Kong China on 3rd October. Pool B consists of Japan, China, Thailand, Kazakhstan, and Indonesia. The top two teams from each Pool will make it to the Semi-Finals.
The Indian Team will aim to continue their good form and go all out for the gold medal as it will help them secure a direct qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
"We have a great opportunity to secure qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics by winning the Gold medal after a long wait," Indian Women's Hockey Team Captain Savita said, before adding, “We have been preparing accordingly, and our goal is to go match by match all the way to the Final."
Also, Indian Women’s Hockey Team Chief Coach Janneke Schopman stated, "The team is in great shape heading into our first match against Singapore, we had identified areas of improvement and worked on it in the build-up to the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022. The plan is to start strong and take charge of our games from the start whistle and finish as table toppers."
After taking on Singapore in their opening game on the 27th of September, the Indian team is scheduled to face Malaysia, Korea, and Hong Kong China on the 29th September, 1st October, and 3rd October respectively.
What is the schedule of the Indian men’s hockey team?
Schedule of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team is as follows:
On 27th September 2023, India Vs Singapore at 1015 hrs IST
On 29th September 2023, India Vs Malaysia at 1600 hrs IST
On 1st October 2023, India Vs Korea at 1330 hrs IST
On 3rd October 2023, India Vs Hong Kong China at 0745 hrs IST
Where to watch the Indian men's hockey team's match at the Asian Games 2023?
The matches will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Network and live streamed on Sony Liv.
(Inputs from Press Release)