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Hockey India names 18-member squad for Women’s Asian Champions Trophy

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New Delhi [India], November 19 (ANI): Hockey India on Friday named the 18-member squad for the upcoming Donghae girls’s Asian Champions Trophy which is scheduled to be held between December 5 – 12.

India start their marketing campaign on the opening day and can battle it out towards China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia within the single-pool event for high honours.

The Indian crew will see Savita, who was named the FIH Goalkeeper of the Year, captain the facet together with skilled defender Deep Grace Ekka, who shall be her deputy.

The crew consists of goalkeeper Rajani Etimarpu and defenders Udita, Nikki Pradhan, Gurjit Kaur, who had been all a part of the Tokyo Olympics squad.

The midfield consists of Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nisha, Monika, Neha, Jyoti who performed for India of their historic fourth-place end on the Tokyo Olympics. Namita Toppo, who was the alternate participant on the Tokyo Olympics, in addition to her state-mate from Odisha Lilima Minz are additionally a part of the crew.

The ahead line will see two-time Olympian Vandana Katariya lead the cost with Navneet Kaur who was a part of the Tokyo Olympic squad. Forwards Rajwinder Kaur, Mariana Kujur and Sonika too have been named to the crew.

“Despite some unfortunate injuries and Senior players joining the Junior team for the Junior World Cup in South Africa, I feel we have selected a good team for the upcoming Women’s Asian Champions Trophy,” mentioned Chief Coach for Indian Women’s Hockey Team Janneke Schopman in a Hockey India launch.

“This tournament will be a good opportunity for some young new players to get a taste of the highest international level and I’m excited to see if we can implement our training themes consistently.””I’m sure that expectations are high after our success at the Tokyo Olympics but we all start at zero again. I am confident that we can show our abilities and will be looking for our team to play consistently at a high pace,” Schopman added.

Navjot Kaur and teenager Suman Devi Thoudam have been chosen as alternate gamers (Ap) who shall be permitted to play provided that there’s an damage or somebody within the 18-member squad is dominated out of the event on account of COVID-19.

India will play Malaysia on December 6 and defending champions Korea of their third match on December 8.

India performs China on December 9 and Japan on December 11. The last will happen on December 12 between the topper of the pool and the crew that completed second within the pool. (ANI)

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