With just two weeks remaining for the all-important FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha in Bhubaneswar to be held on 1st and 2nd November 2019, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team are leaving no stone unturned in their final preparations for the best of two matches against a formidable USA side.
This is the first time the Indian Women’s Team will be playing at the iconic Kalinga Stadium and their eagerness and excitement to experience the electrifying atmosphere often created by the hockey-crazy spectators here is palpable. Rani, the team’s skipper said:
In a bid to give his team a feel of the home conditions and atmosphere, 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, where fans will get the chance to watch the girls play live, and perhaps even get to meet their favourite stars. “At this stage, it is important to tick all the boxes to make sure we have done everything that we could to be at our best for the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers Odisha,” Marijne said.
“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 and it will also give the fans an opportunity to show their support for the Indian Women’s Team,” stated Marijne.
Speaking about the next two weeks in Bhubaneswar where the women’s team is training, Marijne said, “We built a good rhythm during our tour to England where the matches against Great Britain was challenging and it was also an enriching experience – much needed ahead of the important qualifiers. 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 from 1730 - 1900hrs IST. These practice sessions will be open for the 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.