Indian males’s hockey group will open its marketing campaign in opposition to New Zealand on the Tokyo Olympics on July 24 subsequent 12 months whereas ladies’s aspect might be up in opposition to mighty Netherlands in its first match on the identical day.
Eight-time males’s champion India have been clubbed alongside aspect Australia, Argentina, Spain, New Zealand and hosts Japan in a troublesome Pool A, whereas Pool B consists of Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Nice Britain, Canada and South Africa.
The Tokyo Olympics was initially scheduled to be held in 2020 however has been postponed by a 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Indian males’s group, which received its final of the eight Olympic golds in 1980 Moscow, will subsequent face Australia on July 25, adopted by matches in opposition to Spain (July 27), reigning Olympic champion Argentina (July 29) and Japan (July 30).
Within the ladies’s competitors, India is positioned in Pool A alongside aspect Netherlands, Germany, Nice Britain, Eire and South Africa, whereas Pool B is made up of Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Spain, China and Japan.
After its Video games opener in opposition to Netherlands on July 24, the Indian ladies’s group will play Germany (July 26), Nice Britain (July 28), Argentina (July 29) and Japan (July 30).
The hockey occasion was initially scheduled to run from July 25 till August 7 August 2020, with matches being performed on the Oi Hockey Stadium in Japan’s capital metropolis.
In addition to the revised schedule introduced by the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH) on Friday, nothing has modified by way of the situation and total working order of the matches.
In step with what was deliberate for this 12 months, the opening match of subsequent 12 months’s Olympic Video games might be contested between the lads groups of Japan and Australia, whereas the opening match of the ladies’s match might be performed on the identical day, with reigning world champion and present world primary the Netherlands taking over India.
The highest 4 sides from the 2 swimming pools in each women and men’s competitors will qualify for the quarterfinals.
The boys’s quarterfinals, semifinals and remaining are scheduled for August 1, 3 and 5 respectively, whereas the knock-out matches of the ladies’s competitors might be performed on August 2, 4 and 6.