India’s ladies’s hockey group moved to 2 locations within the newest group rankings up to date by the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday, November 7.
Savita Punia’s group regained their private best-ever rating of sixth following their success within the Girls’s Asian Champions Trophy, accumulating 2368.83 factors. The final time they had been in sixth place in world rankings was in June 2022.
India had been unbeaten within the six-team continental event. They outplayed Japan 4-0 within the remaining on November 5 to elevate their second Champions Trophy title. This was after the ladies in blue bagged a bronze medal on the 2023 Asian Video games in Hangzhou final month.
Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Netherlands continued their supremacy on the highest with 3422.40 factors. Australia and Argentina are ranked second and third with 2817.73 and 2766.90 factors respectively.
Belgium (4th with 2608.77) and Germany (fifth with 2573.72) are the opposite two groups ranked above Savita Punia’s aspect. Appreciating the current bounce within the group rankings, Hockey India president Dilip Tirkey commented:
“I want to congratulate the group on attaining this rating. It’s a testomony to the exhausting work and sacrifices they’ve made of their careers to this point. The intention is to interrupt into the highest three with time and this serves as an excellent indicator that the group is on the rise.
He additional mentioned:
“With Peter Haberl additionally becoming a member of the setup as a psychological conditioning coach, I’m assured that the group will go from energy to energy and outdo themselves within the close to future.”
What’s subsequent for Indian ladies in hockey?
The ladies’s group will subsequent play FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers scheduled to be held from January 13 to 21 subsequent yr in Ranchi. The Asian Video games bronze medallist will compete with Germany, New Zealand, the US, Japan, Chile, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
The opposite leg contains the participation of Belgium, Nice Britain, Spain, Korea, Eire, Canada, Malaysia, and Ukraine in Valencia, Spain. The highest three groups from every of the 4 qualifiers – two males’s and girls’s occasions every – will qualify for the Paris Olympics 2024.
The Indian males’s group have already earned their qualification for the Paris Olympics after clinching gold within the Asian Video games in Hangzhou. They beat Japan 5-1 within the remaining.
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