The Indian women’s hockey team had reached the semi-finals in the Tokyo Olympics. This was the first time that the women’s team could reach this far in the Olympics.
Indian women’s hockey team’s camp will be held in Bangalore
Despite its impressive performance in the Tokyo Olympics, the women’s hockey team missed out on the Olympic medal. The Indian team had to face a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Argentina in the semi-finals. After this, the bronze medal match was lost to Great Britain. The team is now about to start preparations for next year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, for which Hockey India has selected 25 players for the Senior Women’s National Coaching Camp on Monday. This team also includes players from the Olympic team.
Hockey India said in a release, ‘The core group will report for the national camp on Sunday, 12 September, which includes 16 players from the Indian contingent participating in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and it will end on 20 October 2021.’ These 25 probables include Gagandeep Kaur, Mariana Kujur, Suman Devi Thoudam and Mahima Choudhary who have been moved from junior to senior core group. Experienced players Lilima Minz, Rashmita Minz, Jyoti Rajwinder Kaur and Manpreet Kaur have also been called for the camp.
Junior camp already running in Bangalore
Salima Tete, Lalremsiami and Sharmila, who were part of the Olympic team, will join the junior Indian women’s national coaching camp running in the same campus at the Sports Authority of India in Bengaluru. Beechu Devi Kharibam was also a part of the Olympic core group and will join the junior national camp. The junior core group is currently gearing up for the most important event, the FIH Junior Women’s World Cup, to be held in South Africa later this year.
Hockey India President Gyanandro Ningombam said, “The campaign in Tokyo ended in a disappointing manner for the players as they were so close to the medals and so far away.” But the love and support that the players have received in the last few weeks has been wonderful and has encouraged them to do better.
25 players selected for the camp
Savita, Rajni Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Reena Khokhar, Manpreet Kaur, Gurjit Kaur, Nisha, Nikki Pradhan, Monica, Neha, Lilima Minz, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Namita Toppo, Rani, Vandana Kataria, Navjot Kaur, Navneet Kaur, Rajwinder Kaur , Udita, Rashmita Minj, Jyoti, Gagandeep Kaur, Mariana Kujur, Suman Devi Thoudam and Mahima Choudhary
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