Both (Men's and Women's) teams are preparing for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, which are to be held in November later this year. The winners of the FIH Olympic Qualifiers will secure their place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In the ongoing FIH Series Finals here, World No. 5 India have been scoring goals at will under the leadership of new coach Graham Reid, and would want to continue the trend of putting the pressure on the opposition early on.
The Indian men's hockey team embarks on a new journey under recently-appointed chief coach Graham Reid as the eight-time champions start its quest for 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification with the FIH Series Finals which begins here Thursday.
Despite the two goals – scored by Nilakanta Sharma and Rupinderpal Singh – it can be argued that India's overall performance level had dropped on Friday compared to Wednesday's first test, which they had lost 4-0.
It turns out skipping the Pro League has not just robbed India of weekly matches – home and away – against the world's best teams, it has also made the Road to Tokyo a tricky one, especially for the women's team.
When contacted by The Indian Express, Harendra expressed surprise at his relegation to the junior team. “I don't know about this,” he said. When the Hockey India (HI) press release was read out to him, he declined comment.