Bhubaneswar: FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers is to be held on 1st and 2nd November 2019 in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
This is the first time the Indian women’s team will be playing at the Kalinga Stadium. Rani, the team’s skipper said, “We have been looking forward to play here for a long time now. This is a dream come true moment for many of us and we thoroughly enjoyed our first session of training at the Kalinga Stadium on Monday. We are hopeful hockey lovers from this region will come to support us in our quest to make the qualification for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
Chief coach Sjoerd Marijne has emphasised on the two high-intensity practice sessions which take place on 19th and 26th October at the Kalinga Stadium.
“I want the athletes to have an idea of the kind of atmosphere they will be playing in on match days. We have opened two of our training sessions on Saturdays in the lead up to the event, so that the players can get a feel of the environment here,” said Marijne.
Speaking about the next two weeks in Bhubaneswar where the women’s team is training, Marijne said, “I think we are in that perfect rhythm at the moment and I want the players to build on this momentum. We are training one session every day and I am quite happy with the energy and confidence the girls are showing.”
The Indian Women’s Team will have open training sessions on 19th and 26th October 2019. These practice sessions will be open for public in order to give the local support the opportunity to watch their Women’s team’s players live in action before the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha.