The Indian women and men’s groups left for Lausanne, Switzerland within the early hours on Wednesday to take part within the inaugural version of the FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022, scheduled to be held from June 4 to five.
Whereas the boys’s group is about to play in opposition to Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland and Switzerland, the ladies’s facet will face South Africa, Uruguay, Poland and Switzerland within the round-robin stage.
The highest two groups will sq. off within the last on June 5.
The Rajani Etimarpu-led Indian ladies’s group will tackle Uruguay within the opening match on June 4, adopted by a match in opposition to Poland on the identical day. They’ll then sq. off in opposition to hosts Switzerland and South Africa, respectively on June 5.
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“Hockey5s can be a special ball sport altogether. Our abilities, pace and the whole lot can be examined. It is going to be difficult for certain, however I believe it would actually thrilling format to play,” Rajani stated in a Hockey India (HI) launch.
“We have a few gamers within the group who’re acquainted with this format, and we have had good preparations on the camp. We’re wanting ahead to representing our nation within the inaugural version of the Hockey5s.” In the meantime, the Indian males’s group led by Gurinder Singh, will play their opening match in opposition to hosts Switzerland, adopted by a sport in opposition to Pakistan on the opening day. They’ll then face Malaysia and Poland respectively on June 5.
“It is a fast-paced and difficult format. A lot of our gamers have performed this format earlier than on the Youth Olympics, so we’re assured of doing nicely,” Gurinder stated.