Indian Males’s and Girls’s Hockey Groups Obtain Greatest-ever World Rankings, third and eighth Respectively

The Indian males’s and girls’s hockey groups jumped one spot every to attain their highest-ever world rankings at quantity Three and eight respectively, using on their historic marketing campaign on the Tokyo Olympics. The Indian males’s group, which ended a 41-year-old medal drought by clinching a historic bronze within the Olympics, was positioned behind gold-medallist Belgium and silver-medallist Australia.

“It’s the reward of all of the onerous work and dedication in direction of the sport we love, in direction of the sport which has given us every little thing,” stated Indian males’s group captain Manpreet Singh in a launch issued by Hockey India.

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“This rating and the Olympic medal after 41 years mark the rise of Indian Hockey…there isn’t any wanting again now, now we have set the benchmark for ourselves and wish to develop from right here.” Whereas the boys’s aspect claimed the bronze, the ladies’s group narrowly missed out a medal after taking place to Nice Britain within the hard-fought third-place play-off, to finish on the fourth place.

“We had been very near ending on the rostrum, and it’s hurting the group that we didn’t. Nonetheless, wanting on the brilliant aspect, now we have made exceptional progress lately, and I’m actually happy with it,” ladies’s group skipper Rani Rampal stated. “Ending within the high 4 at Olympics, and climbing to the eighth place in world rankings, is a really massive factor for us, and this has boosted our confidence, it’ll definitely assist us develop going ahead.” Manpreet and Co. had completed second in Pool A, profitable 4 out of 5 group part matches and defeated Nice Britain 3-1 in quarterfinal earlier than dropping 2-5 towards Belgium of their historic semifinal. Nonetheless, they staged a exceptional comeback to seize a 5-Four win over Germany to clinch a historic bronze medal at Olympic Video games and in consequence climbed as much as their best-ever world rating. “I need to admit, I really feel privileged to have performed a component within the rise of Indian Hockey. It’s an amazing feeling that we gained the historic Bronze Medal in addition to attaining the best rating on the again of our stable efficiency within the Olympics,” Indian males’s group chief coach Graham Reid stated.

“We performed like a unit, with the correct of angle, and I feel that has helped the group obtain this feat.” After struggling three losses within the preliminary part, the ladies’s group pulled off arguably its largest upset by beating world quantity Three Australia in what was its first ever quarterfinal of the Olympics. Nonetheless, the ladies’s group misplaced each semifinal and the bronze medal play-off match towards Argentina and Nice Britain, respectively. Outgoing Indian ladies’s group chief coach Sjoerd Marijne stated, “Reaching eighth rank on the earth rating and ending among the many high 4 at Olympics, is a giant step for Indian Girls’s hockey, and I feel each group will certainly take us critically. “The athletes have that want to study and enhance every day, and I really feel this is likely one of the largest the reason why we may end among the many high 4.” The boys’s group was ranked No.Four in March final 12 months on the again of their scintillating performances within the first three rounds of the second version of FIH Hockey Professional League. However, the ladies’s group’s earlier highest world rating was ninth, which they completed by producing their finest end (Quarter Finals) on the World Cup in London in 2018. Having reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup, the ladies’s group had turn out to be the top-ranked Asian group and went on to clinch the silver medal on the 2018 Asian Video games in Jakarta.

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