The India males’s and girls’s hockey groups left for Lausanne, Switzerland within the early hours of Wednesday to take part within the inaugural version of the FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022, which will likely be held on June 4-5.
While the boys’s crew is scheduled to play Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland and Switzerland, the ladies’s crew will face South Africa, Uruguay, Poland and Switzerland within the round-robin stage. The high two groups will sq. off within the remaining on June 5.
The Rajani Etimarpu-led girls’s crew will tackle Uruguay within the opening match on June Four adopted by a match in opposition to Poland on the identical day. They will then sq. off in opposition to hosts Switzerland and South Africa, respectively on June 5.
Expressing the crew’s pleasure forward of their departure, Rajani acknowledged, “Hockey5s will be a different ball game altogether. Our skills, speed and everything will be tested. It will be challenging for sure, but I think it will really exciting format to play. We’ve got a couple of players in the team who are acquainted with this format, and we’ve had good preparations at the camp. We are looking forward to representing our country in the inaugural edition of the Hockey5s.”
Meanwhile, the Indian males’s crew, led by Gurinder Singh, will play its opening match in opposition to hosts Switzerland, adopted by a match in opposition to Pakistan on the opening day. They will face Malaysia and Poland on June 5.
“We are really excited to play a different version of hockey at an international level that too in a beautiful country. It’s a fast-paced and challenging format. Many of our players have played this format before at the Youth Olympics, so we are confident of doing well,” stated Gurinder.
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