The Indian Women’s Hockey Team put up a brilliant performance at the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo as they defeated hosts Japan 2-1 in the Final to win the competition. Captain Rani seemed extremely pleased with the way the side played against the likes of World No. 2 Australia, World No. 11 China and World No. 14 Japan.
The Indian team started the tournament with a superb 2-1 victory over hosts & World No. 14 Japan, before playing out a 2-2 draw with World No. 2 Australia in their second match. India then drew 0-0 with World No. 11 China in their last round-robin match. Rani was all praise for drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, who was the top-scorer of the competition with three goals.
The Indian Women’s Hockey Team Captain expressed that it is a well-settled unit and all players are extremely clear about their roles. The team is peaking at the right time and they couldn’t have been in better form going into the FIH Olympic Qualifiers in November.
Striker Rani, who was named the Best Player at the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019, has been leading the Indian side for more than two years. The World No 10. India could not seal a direct place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after a heart-breaking loss to Japan in the Asian Games Final in 2018. However, the Indian side, who beat Japan in the Final of the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019 and Olympic Test Event, is confident of achieving their goal in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers.