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Indian girls’s hockey staff to conflict with South Africa and the Netherlands on publicity tour

Indian girls’s hockey staff captain Savita Punia. File
| Picture Credit score: Biswaranjan Rout

The Indian girls’s hockey staff will journey to South Africa for a seven-match publicity tour, which can even embrace three video games in opposition to world primary the Netherlands, from January 16.

The Savita Punia-led aspect will play 4 matches in opposition to hosts South Africa in Cape City earlier than locking horns with the Dutch aspect in three matches from January 23.

“We’re grateful to Hockey India for planning good quantity of publicity matches for us within the annual calendar, notably in a yr the place we’re targeted on getting ready effectively for the Asian Video games and incomes direct qualification for the Paris Olympics,” Savita stated.

The Indian captain feels the tour will assist the aspect establish the gray areas and work upon these forward of this yr’s Asian Video games.

“These matches in opposition to South Africa and the world no.1 aspect Netherlands will assist us elevate the extent of our sport and in addition on the similar time establish the areas we’re missing in. We’re well-prepared for this tour following a superb two-week camp in Bengaluru.

“The gamers are excessive on confidence after a superb yr of hockey in 2022 and we’re wanting ahead to start out the season on a superb word,” stated Savita, who led the staff to a historic bronze medal on the Birmingham Commonwealth Video games.

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