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Graham Reid Ahead of Junior Hockey World Cup

Playing apply matches in opposition to the senior hockey crew, within the absence of abroad competitors, was “worthwhile preparation” for the Indian side ahead of the FIH Junior World Cup, chief coach Graham Reid said on Monday. The tournament is slated to be held from November 24 to December 5 at the Kalinga Stadium here. India will enter the meet as the defending champions. “While we did not have overseas competition, the teams played some practice games against the senior team in Bhubaneswar, which were quite valuable. Since arriving in Bhubaneswar, we have been getting used to the stadium,” Reid mentioned. “The Kalinga Hockey Stadium is really iconic. It’s good that we’re getting to coach right here earlier than we begin,” he added on the crew’s preparations.

Defending champions India are positioned in Group B, together with Canada, France, and Poland, who all arrived within the metropolis over the past week.

The India junior facet, led by Vivek Sagar Prasad, will likely be seeking to retain the celebrated trophy as they take centre stage on their residence turf.

“Our crew turned the champions in 2016 and now our crew’s purpose is to proceed to carry out in an identical method,” Vivek, who was a part of India’s historic bronze-medal profitable efficiency on the Tokyo Olympics, mentioned.

The stage is about because the 16 collaborating groups put together to battle it out for high honours on the FIH occasion.

All 4 groups of their respective swimming pools will likely be aiming to complete within the high half of their pool, as the highest two groups from every pool will qualify for the quarterfinals.

In Pool A, European heavyweights Belgium will face off in opposition to Malaysia, Chile and South Africa.

“India will likely be, in fact, a drive to observe enjoying at residence with the qualities they’ve,” Belgium coach Jeroen Baart mentioned on arrival.

Speaking on the prospect of enjoying on the Kalinga Stadium, Malaysia head coach Wallace Tan mentioned, “Our crew could be very excited to play on the Kalinga Stadium as it’s a very huge and revered stadium.

“Many huge tournaments have been held right here, and plenty of legends have performed right here, so it will likely be an honour to play right here.”

South Africa coach Sihle Ntuli picked Belgium as hardest crew within the group stage.

“In our group, we’ve got Malaysia, Belgium and Chile. I might suppose Belgium could be our hardest opponent. They are earlier finalists, so we all know it will likely be a troublesome recreation. But we additionally suppose all of the video games will likely be troublesome,” he mentioned.

Netherlands, Spain, Korea and USA will lock horns in Pool C.

“We have by no means performed in such an enormous stadium. It’s a disgrace individuals can’t come and watch the video games. We are very excited to play right here within the Kalinga Stadium,” Netherlands captain Silas Lageman mentioned.

Pool D will see Germany, Pakistan, Egypt and Argentina face off in opposition to one another.

Pakistan head coach Danish Kaleem praised the Odisha state authorities for working in direction of growing the recognition of hockey the world over.

“I’m very pleased with the work completed by Odisha state authorities and the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik for the work that they’ve completed in selling hockey everywhere in the world. We are excited to compete within the match as it should assist in growing the recognition of the game,” he mentioned.

Belgium will play in opposition to South Africa within the first recreation of the match on Wednesday. India will start their marketing campaign on the identical day in opposition to France.

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