India: Indian Women’s Hockey Team touches down in Bhubaneswar for FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24

~India will play their first FIH Hockey Pro League match against China on 3rd February~

Bhubaneswar, 28th January 2024: The Indian Women’s Hockey Team touched down at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Sunday to kick off their FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 campaign. Long-standing custodian Savita will continue to lead the squad as Captain while Vandana Katariya will serve as her deputy.

The FIH Hockey Pro League 2023/24 (Women) is scheduled to take place at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar from 3rd to 9th February, before moving to the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, where the league will continue from 12th to 18th February. Five national teams – India, China, the United States of America, the Netherlands, and Australia – will participate in the India leg of the FIH Pro League 2023/24, facing each other once in Bhubaneswar and once in Rourkela.

India will take on reigning Asian Games Champions China in their first game on 3rd February, followed by a clash with the Netherlands on 4th February. They will face off against Australia on 7th February before playing their last game in Bhubaneswar against the United States on 9th February.

The women’s team is competing in the FIH Hockey Pro League for the second time. Indian Women’s Team’s first appearance in the FIH Hockey Pro League was during the 2021/22 season, where they finished third. Last year, India defeated Spain 1-0 in the Final of the FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup Spain 2022 to secure their spot in the FIH Pro League 2023/24. 

Speaking on the importance of the FIH Hockey Pro League, Chief Coach Janneke Schopman said, “As the team continues to improve it is imperative that we give our best in the FIH Pro League and use this opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world. The FIH Pro League will be a great platform for some of the youngsters in the squad to acquaint themselves with the demands of international hockey and further hone their skills. This season we will also have the chance to secure qualification for the FIH Hockey World Cup 2026, so the team is prepared to give it their all from the first match.” 

By Hockey India

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