India Set to Kick Off Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Campaign Against Thailand in Ranchi

The Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023 schedule is out, with India facing Thailand on October 27.

The schedule for the upcoming Jharkhand Women’s Asian Champions Trophy Ranchi 2023 has been revealed by the Asian Hockey Federation and Hockey India. The tournament is scheduled to commence on October 27th at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Astro Turf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

The tournament’s opening match will feature Malaysia and Japan. Following that, India will play their first match of the tournament on the same day against Thailand.

The competition will witness six teams – Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, China, and India – competing for the coveted trophy. It will run from October 27th to November 5th.

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All participating teams will be in a single pool, and the top four teams from this pool will advance to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, the team that tops the pool will face the fourth-placed team, while the second and third-placed teams will compete to determine the finalists.

Japan, the defending champions, will face a tough challenge from Korea, a team with a rich history in the tournament, having won it three times (2010, 2011, and 2016).

India enters the tournament in good form, particularly after winning the historic Bronze at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and securing the title at the FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup Spain 2022. The host nation also claimed victory in the Asian Champions Trophy in 2016 and were runners-up in 2018. They will start their campaign against Thailand on October 27th and conclude the group stage with a match against Korea on November 2nd.

Dato Fumio Ogura, President of the Asian Hockey Federation, expressed excitement about the tournament, praising Hockey India for hosting the event and Jharkhand for their warm hospitality.

Hockey India President Padma Dilip Tirkey expressed pride in hosting this major Asian tournament and anticipated a great spectacle with top women’s hockey teams participating.

Hockey India Secretary General Bhola Nath Singh highlighted the significance of hosting the tournament in Ranchi and hoped it would inspire more youngsters in Jharkhand to take up hockey.

-IANS

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