They may have won bronze medals at the Olympics (1984) and World Cup (1994), and finished in the top five at the Rio Games, but the American hockey team can’t reach the Olympics, or even make it to qualifying tournaments, without private donations.
For a country that attaches so much sentimental value to hockey – a sport that boasts of gender parity – the women’s game has often been an afterthought.
The match began with Hockey Patiala forwards making constant inroads in the opposition’s half. Their efforts soon paid dividends when Harshpreet scored the opening goal of the match with a successful conversion of a penalty corner in the 12th minute.
A vintage Pakistan performance followed up by, well, a typical Pakistan performance. A controversial decision by the video umpire that doused Ireland’s Olympic hopes – and forced their captain to remark that the “video umpire should hang his head in shame”. A French scare for Spain, and China’s improbable comeback against Belgium.
Hockey India named an unchanged women squad, to be led by Rani Rampal, along with the men's team for the upcoming FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.
Belgium and Malaysia are the two nations other than India who have sent their bidding dossier to conduct the Men's World Cup. Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Malaysia and New Zealand want to host the Women's World Cup.
Four national-level hockey players lost their lives, while three others sustained injuries in a car accident in Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
India will open its campaign against hosts Malaysia in the ninth Sultan of Johor Cup junior hockey tournament on Saturday. India lost to Great Britain in the final last year.
Owing to goals by Navjot Kaur and Gurjit Kaur, India ended the tour with yet another draw against a relatively stronger Great Britain side, performing exceptionally well during the five matches as they won one, drew three and lost one.
The Indian women's hockey team tasted its first defeat on England tour when they went down 1-3 to Great Britain in the fourth match on Wednesday.
India had a brilliant chance to seal the match when they won a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the match, but once again Great Britain defence stood firm to thwart the danger.
Amit Rohidas (10th minute) and Simranjeet Singh (52nd) scored for world no.5 India. Belgium's lone goal came from the stick of captain Felix Denayer in the 33rd minute.
Indian women held hosts Great Britain to a 1-1 draw in the second match of their Tour of United Kingdom. They are scheduled play their third game on Tuesday, October 1.
Indian men's hockey team thrashed Spain 5-1 for their third consecutive win on Sunday. They beat Belgium 2-0 on Thursday in their tour-opening game and then hammered Spain 6-1 on Saturday.
Harmanpreet (28th, 32nd minutes), skipper Manpreet Singh (24th), Nilakanta Sharma (39th), Mandeep Singh (56th) and Rupinderpal Singh (59th) were the goal scorers as world number 5 India capped off a brilliant performance.
Mandeep and Akashdeep sounded the board in the 39th and 54th minute respectively to seal the match in India's favour. In a gritty first quarter, India were the ones who took the initiative early, forcing Loic van Doren into a save from the first Penalty Corner of the game.
During a Saturday morning match, the Black Bears went to overtime in a scoreless tie with Temple. Suddenly, Kent State officials called a halt to the game, saying the field hockey pitch was needed to shoot off fireworks before a noon football game.
Rani Rampal was on Friday named captain of the 18-member Indian women's hockey team which will take on England in a five-match series starting September 27 in Marlow.
Raghu Prasad and Javed Shaikh have been named in the men's panel of umpires for Tokyo 2020. Among three medical officers, Bibhu Nayak is from India.
This year, the women have lost just two matches out of the 23 they've played (15 wins, 6 draws).