Spain tour a great opportunity for India ahead of Olympics qualifying: Rani

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first_img Press Trust of India BengaluruJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 11:55 IST India women’s hockey team captain Rani is looking forward to the tour of Spain (PTI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRani believes her team will carry confidence from its impressive performances last yearRani said her team will see the tour as a great opportunity to understand where they standThe Indian team left in the early hours of Thursday morning for the Spain tour from BengaluruIndian women’s hockey team skipper Rani on Thursday said their Spanish tour will help “understand where we stand” ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers, slated to be held later this year.The tour opener will be played in Murcia.”It will be a challenging tour no doubt but our team has made a lot of improvement in the past two years and we see this as a great opportunity to understand where we stand ahead of the Olympic Qualifying events this year,” stated Rani.The Indian team will play four matches against Spain between January 26 to January 31 followed by two games against Ireland on February 2 and 3.”We have quite a few youngsters who have been given a chance to show their potential against strong teams. It is important to have a larger pool of players with good international exposure ahead of important tournaments this year,” she added.The Indian Women’s Hockey Team, on 24th January, departs sail from the Bengaluru International Airport for the upcoming Spain Tour which begins on 26th January. Here’s wishing them all the best.#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/BQVSa0AddrHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) January 24, 2019Rani believes her team will carry confidence from its impressive performances last year, which helped India move up the FIH world rankings.”Though we surprised many with our performance against teams like England and Australia, we feel we could have done better in the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 World Cup.”While we carry confidence from last year’s events, we work everyday with the belief that we can take our performance to the next level and we certainly have the potential to do so.advertisement”We have been receiving great support from our coaching staff in the past few months of training where we not only had to overcome the heartbreak of losing the 2018 Asian Games final to Japan and a quarterfinal loss to Ireland in the 2018 World Cup but also introspect on the mistakes we were making.”The Indian team left in the early hours of Thursday morning for the Spain tour from Bengaluru.Also Read | None better than Harendra Singh as India hockey coach: former captain Sandeep SinghAlso Read | Hockey players asked to shave heads after defeat? Probe orderedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Rani RampalFollow India women’s hockey teamFollow 2020 OlympicsFollow Tokyo OlympicsFollow Olympics 2020 Next Spain tour a great opportunity for India ahead of Olympics qualifying: RaniIndia team will play four matches against Spain between January 26 to January 31 followed by two games against Ireland on February 2 and 3.advertisementlast_img

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