To support the victims of the Australian bushfires — which has destroyed more than 2,500 homes, killed more than 30 people and millions of animals — Hockey India donated USD 25,000 to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal.
In the tie-breaker— Pro League’s format is such that a result is mandatory for all games—Sreejesh denied three Dutchmen while Vivek Sagar Prasad, Gurjant Singh and Akashdeep Singh converted.
India secured two points from the match (including the bonus point for winning the shoot-out), while the Netherlands got one point as the scoreline was 3-3 at the regulation time.
The Indian men's hockey team made a dream debut at the FIH Pro League, beating world number three Netherlands 5-2 in the opening match of the two-game encounter in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
India's first match of the tour is against the New Zealand development squad on January 25, followed by games against the New Zealand women's team on January 27 and 29.
In all, 25 athletes have been nominated for this award from their respective sports by their international federations and in Rani's case, the FIH has recommended her name for the award
In the team since 2008, Sunita Lakra captained India during the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, leading the side to a second-place finish in the event.
Reviewing the year gone by, Manpreet said 2019 has been productive for the team in terms of its performances despite not getting enough opportunities to compete in high-level international tournaments.
While the men's team handed Russia an 11-3 drubbing on aggregate to seal their Tokyo tickets, the women outwitted USA 6-5 on aggregate to seal only their third Olympic spot ever.
According to the match schedule of next year's Olympics released by FIH, both the Indian teams will open their campaigns on the first day of hockey competitions on July 25, 2020.
The new system will come into effect from January 1 next year. The FIH said the new world ranking system has been launched after 12 months of painstaking research, analysis and testing.
The players of the two teams, Punjab Armed Police and Punjab National Bank, had exchanged blows and fought with sticks inside the turf during the Nehru Cup finals last month.
India had seven points from four matches, ahead of hosts Australia on goal difference, with New Zealand finishing third with only three points from their four matches.
Sharmila Devi struck twice as the Indian junior women's hockey team secured a superb 4-1 win over New Zealand in its third match of the 3-Nations Tournament at Canberra in Australia on Saturday.
India will host the Men's Hockey World Cup for the second consecutive time in 2023. The tournament will be held from January 13 to 29.
Punjab Police and Punjab National Bank get involved in a brawl, prompting organisers to suspend them; HI action awaited.
India has been clubbed along with defending champions Argentina and world number one side Australia in Pool A of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics men's hockey competition.
Fitness will be key as the Indian women's hockey team eye consistency in the run-up to next year's Tokyo Olympics, chief coach Sjoerd Marijne said on Saturday.
After becoming a hockey hub in recent past, Bhubaneswar will host the Netherlands first in the second edition of the Hockey Pro League on January 18.
After securing a Tokyo Olympics berth in the qualifiers against Russia, the team is currently undergoing a three-week training and conditioning camp in Bhubaneshwar which will conclude on December 8.