NEW DELHI: India could be sending its second-string hockey groups for each the boys’s and girls’s competitions at this 12 months’s Commonwealth Video games (CWG) as a result of quick turnaround time between the Birmingham occasion and the Hangzhou Asian Video games, which is a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
The event was confirmed by a prime Hockey India official on Saturday after president of the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) and the Worldwide Hockey Federation (FIH), Narinder Batra, made the assertion in a broadly circulated message.
“We’ve three groups — India senior, India A and Junior crew — and we might be sending our ‘A’ groups for the Commonwealth Video games this 12 months as a result of we do not need our fundamental gamers to hit the height simply earlier than the Asian Video games, which is extra necessary,” the Hockey India official instructed PTI.
“We are going to ship these reserve gamers, who won’t be part of the Asian Video games squad, as a result of there’s solely a 32-day hole between the 2 Video games, and we do not need our hockey groups to peak on the Commonwealth Video games.
“We wish our fundamental gamers to be totally match for the Asian Video games as a result of it’s an Olympic qualifier,” he added.
The Birmingham CWG is scheduled from July 28 to August 8, whereas the Asian Video games shall be held from September 10 to 25 this 12 months.
Final 12 months, Hockey India precipitated a flutter when it withdrew its groups from the CWG, citing COVID-19 associated issues and the quick hole between the Birmingham Video games and Hangzhou Asiad, a choice which was later reversed after the intervention of Sports activities Minister Anurag Thakur.
However making an allowance for the significance of the Asian Video games, India has determined towards sending its fundamental groups for the Birmingham CWG. HI is assured that the nation would do properly no matter the line-up, provided that a lot of the core group has been in a position to come good as and when required.
“We’ve sufficient bench power, so sending a robust crew will not be a problem. However we won’t danger our fundamental crew gamers as a result of Asian Video games is of larger significance for us. In reality, the 2022 CWG will give our ‘A’ crew gamers beneficial worldwide match publicity,” the official mentioned.
He, nonetheless, hinted that first-choice goalkeepers of each the senior sides might be despatched for the Birmingham Video games as properly to realize much-needed game-time forward of the Asian Video games.
“However sure, there’s a risk that we might ship our main-team goalkeepers for the CWG as a result of they will get some expertise and game-time.”
The Indian males’s hockey crew clinched a historic bronze on the Tokyo Olympics earlier this 12 months — its first Olympic hockey medal since final of the eight gold medals in Moscow in 1980.
The ladies’s crew, however, narrowly missed out a primary Olympic medal by shedding 3-Four to Nice Britain within the bronze play-off.
Within the CWG, India’s finest end until date is 2 silver medals within the 2010 and 2014 editions, with Australia claiming all of the six golds because the sport’s inclusion within the multi-sport occasion in 1998.


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