The Indian team grouped in pool D along with England, Spain and Wales will begin their campaign on 13th January 2023 in the newly built Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela.
India won their only World Cup in 1975 at Kuala Lumpur. Being the hosts, the upcoming edition in January next year provides a great opportunity to India to finish on the podium.
In the regulation time, both teams were locked 1-1 after India bounced back through Udita’s 45th minute penalty corner conversion to cancel out Naomi Carrol’s 13th minute strike.
The Savita Punia-led team has been unbeaten in the tournament so far with wins over Chile (3-1), Japan (2-1) and South Africa (2-0) to top Pool B.
The World Cup will be played in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29 with 16 teams vying for the trophy. India are clubbed in Pool D with Wales, Spain, England.
With three straight wins, India are placed on top of pool B with nine points and will play the semifinal against Ireland. In pool A, hosts Spain lead the points table after two wins and a draw, as per a press release from Hockey India.
In their opening match on Sunday, India defeated Chile 3-1. With two back-to-back wins, India is placed on top of pool B with six points while in pool A, hosts Spain lead the points table after two successive wins.
A veteran of two Olympic Games, Singh is quite impressed with the Indian men’s hockey team’s performances in the recent past.
Wishing the trophy tour a grand success, Patnaik said it will be a memorable world cup for the teams and the fans.
Besides, HI also announced Rs one lakh for the support staff of the team.
Khunti, about 40 kilometres from Ranchi, has earned the distinction of being the state’s hockey nursery, producing a dozen international women players, including Nikki Pradhan, known for her outstanding performance in the Tokyo Olympics.
India are set to host the men’s hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela from January 13 to 29 next year.
Vandana, a veteran of over 250 internationals matches, said by virtue of improved performances in tournaments of late, the world is now taking note of Indian women’s hockey.
The Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 will take place at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar and at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela from January 13 to 29, 2023.
Sreejesh, who has been nominated for the FIH Men’s Goalkeeper of the Year Award 2021-22, credited collective team effort for his nomination for the award.
Tirkey was elected after Uttar Pradesh Hockey chief Rakesh Katyal and Hockey Jharkhand’s Bhola Nath Singh, who were in the fray for the president’s post, withdrew their nominations on Friday.
In his upcoming book ‘Will Power – The Inside Story of the Incredible Turnaround in Indian Women’s Hockey’, Marijne wrote that senior pro Manpreet asked a player ”to stop playing well” so that his friends could get in the team.
The tournament is scheduled to start on November 16 and the final will be played on November 25.
This is India’s third defeat against Australia in a CWG final, having lost to them in the 2010 and the 2014 editions of the Games.