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Hockey: India set sights on Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur

India will be top contenders at the Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur from September 21-27. Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek.

India will be top contenders at the Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur from September 21-27. Photo: FIH / Frank Uijlenbroek.

September 8, 2013: India’s national women’s team have qualification for next year’s Rabobank Hockey World Cup firmly in their sights when they compete in the eighth Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Hockey India’s selectors have named the team that will take part in the Asia continental championship event, which will be played from September 21-27.

 

Chief coach Neil Hawgood, assisted by B.P. Govinda, Surinder Kaur, Mamta Kharab, Coach I S Gill, Scientific Advisor Matthew Tredrea and Government Observer Harbinder Singh selected a list of 18 players and 6 standbys following training sessions on August 30 and 31.

 

The 18-member squad will be captained by seasoned midfielder Ritu Rani, with fellow midfield star Chanchan Devi Thokchom taking the vice captaincy. The full squad is listed by the photo below.

 

The team camp is currently underway and commenced at NSNIS, Patiala from August 8. The team will depart for Malaysia on September 16.

 

India – who need to win the tournament if they are to secure a place at the Rabobank Hockey World Cup in The Hague, Netherlands – will compete in Pool A with China, hosts Malaysia and Hong Kong. Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei will do battle in Pool B.

 

India will open their campaign against Hong Kong China on 21 September followed by China on 22 September and hosts Malaysia on 24 September. The players are listed below.

 

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The India squad for the Women’s Asia Cup in Malaysia. Photo: Hockey India.

Front row (left to right): Sunita Lakra, Soundarya Yendala, P Sushila Chanu, Vandana Katariya, Chanchan Devi Thokchom, Deepika, Namita Toppo and Deep Grace Ekka.

 

Back row (left to right): Rajani Etimarpu, Kirandeep Kaur, Joydeep Kaur, Poonam Rani, Ritu Rani, Anuradha Devi Thokchom, Lily Chanu, Rani, M N Ponnamma and Savita.

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