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Women Hockey has good opportunity to qualify London Olympic: CR Kumar

New Delhi, Sat, 18 Feb 2012 NI Wire

The Coach of Indian Women Hockey Team C R Kumar is viewing a good opportunity to Indian Women Hockey team for cementing the berth of London Olympic Game 2012 scheduled from 27th July.

India which has won first Olympic gold medal in Moscow Olympic 1980, has again the good opportunity for playing in London after 32 years.

India, which is playing the qualifying series with five nations - South Africa, Italy, Canada, Ukrain and Poland in which only South Africa is higher ranked team against India.

India that have 12th ranked in world hockey is playing today its first match with less experienced and under prepared team Ukrain at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium Saturday at 6 p.m.

This time Indian selectors have shown confidence in young blood and selected an excellent blend of ace and experienced players in the leadership of Asunta Lakra who have played 94 international games for India.

Mid-fielder Kirandeep Kaur is the Vice Captain of India while Subhadra Pradhan is the most capped Indian player. Pradhan along with Jaspreet Kaur and Joydeep Kaur will protect the Indian defence while India's stronger strikers - Rani Rampal, Poonam Rani and Jasjeet Kaur Handa will attack over opponents.

Commenting about India's opportunity in this series Coach C R Kumar said, "We have got a fair chance. We don't want to wait for another four years. If we can qualify, it will be good for the future of women's hockey in India, as we have never technically qualified."

Indian Squad:

Asunta Lakra (Captain), Kirandeep Kaur, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Savita Punnia (Goalkeeper), Yogita Bali (Goalkeeper), Ritu Rani, Rani Poonam, Vandana Katariya, Deepika Thakur, Jasjeet Kaur Handa, Mukta Prava Barla, Soundarya Yendala, Jaspreet Kaur, Joydeep Kaur, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Rani Rampal, Roselin Dungdung, and Subhadra Pradhan.

Ukrain Squad:

Maryna Vynohradova (Captain), Alvina Budonna (Goalkeeper), Tetyana Stepanchenko (Goalkeeper), Olena Fritche, Yevheniya Moroz, Yevheniya Kernoz, Bohdana Sadova, Nataliya Vasyukova, Maryna Khilko, Halyna Hlynenko, Tetyana Salenko, Olena Ivakhnenko, Yana Sitalo, Kateryna Khomenko, Alona Pogorila, Yana Vorushylo

First Olympic Qualifier Series Schedule Details

Women Pool

Vanue :  Major Dhyanchand National Stadium

Date
Time
Representing Country
VS
Representing Country
18 February 2012 10:00

South Africa

VS

Poland

18 February 2012 12:00

Italy

VS

Canada

18 February 2012 18:00

India

VS

Ukraine

19 February 2012 10:00

Poland

VS

Italy

19 February 2012 14:00

South Africa

VS

Ukraine

19 February 2012 18:00

India

VS

Canada

21 February 2012 10:00

Canada

VS

Ukraine

21 February 2012 12:00

Italy

VS

South Africa

21 February 2012 18:00

Poland

VS

India

22 February 2012 10:00

Ukraine

VS

Italy

22 February 2012 14:00

Canada

VS

 Poland

22 February 2012 18:00

India

VS

South Africa

24 February 2012 10:00

South Africa

VS

Canada

24 February 2012 12:00

Ukraine

VS

Poland

24 February 2012 18:00

Italy

VS

India

Classification

Fifth and Sixth Position Match

25 February 2012 15:00
P5
VS
P6

Third and Fourth Position Match

25 February 2012 17:30
P3
VS
P4

Final Match

25 February 2012 20:00
P1
VS
P2


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