The Indian men’s hockey team beat Russia 11-3 to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Currently ranked 5th in the global hockey listing, the Indian team has been grouped along with title-defenders Argentina and world no. 1 Australia at the upcoming Summer Olympics 2020, to be held in Tokyo, Japan. Hockey fans can catch the Olympic hockey tournament being played at the recently-built Oi Hockey Stadium, from 25th July to 7th August.
Pool A of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament consists of Australia, Argentina, India, Spain, and New Zealand as well as hosts Japan. The Pool B of the tournament includes high ranking rivals the Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium, South Africa and Canada.
The Indian men and women hockey teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have reportedly experienced easy draws, which started with 14 teams was held on 2nd September 2018 at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.
According to a statement released by the FIH on the pooling process, the composition of the pools was made by the same process which was earlier used in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Fans can expect thrilling performances in the Olympics hockey tournament as each one of the ten qualifying teams are ranked in the top-16 list, according to their current FIH World Rankings.
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On the other hand, the Indian women’s hockey team qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by defeating United States 6-5 on an average in the qualifier matches held earlier in Bhubaneswar, Orissa.
The Indian women’s Olympics hockey team has also been placed in Pool A. This pool includes significant teams, including defending champions Great Britain, world no. 1 the Netherlands, as well as South Africa, Germany and Ireland. The Pool B of the Olympic women hockey tournament consists of hosts Japan, China, Spain, Argentina and Australia.