The Indian Oman will Defend Their Asia Cup Title in Oman

BENGALURU: The Indian women’s hockey team departed from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Bengaluru on Sunday to defend their title at the Hockey Asia Cup, which will be held at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat from January 21 to 28.
India will battle for the prestigious title against China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand, with the best four teams qualifying for the 2022 FIH Women’s Hockey World Cup to be held in Spain and the Netherlands.
When asked about the powerful teams that India will play in the event, Savita, the team’s goalie, remarked that she believes in focusing on oneself and one’s strengths.

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Indian women's hockey team
Indian women’s hockey team

“The major focus of our attention will always be on ourselves. We watched videos of recent matches between Malaysia, Japan, Korea, China, and other teams and prepared accordingly. However, every team has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, thus we intend to concentrate on ourselves “In a statement released by Hockey India, Savita stated.

“When taking and defending penalty corners, we must maintain our strength. When we play aggressive hockey, we must make sure that our defence is tight as well. If we concentrate on our strengths, the opponent will find it impossible to compete with us “she continued.

The Women’s Hockey Asia Cup is also important for the Indian squad, according to Savita, who believes that participating in the competition will build their confidence ahead of approaching challenges later in the year.

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Indian women's hockey team
Indian women’s hockey team

“This tournament is crucial for us since we have been working hard on numerous elements of the game over the last few months. We’re looking forward to playing in the matches so that we can show off what we’ve been working on and gain confidence “Savita remarked.

“The World Cup and the Asian Games are two major tournaments coming up later this year. This year’s FIH Pro League matches are also on the schedule. This competition will help us prepare for the challenges that await us in 2022, as we have not played many games since the Olympics “she continued.

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On January 21, 2022, India will begin their campaign against Malaysia.

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