Oman, 24th August, 2023: The Indian Women’s Hockey Team will begin their campaign at the Women’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier against Malaysia in Salalah, Oman on August 25th. The tournament is scheduled to take place from 25th to 28th August, 2023. India are in the Elite Pool along with Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand. The second, Challengers Pool, consists of Hong Kong China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Iran, and Oman.

A total of 16 teams will be taking part in the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup. Oman, being the host nation has already qualified. For the Indian Women’s Hockey Team to qualify for the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup, they need to finish in the top 3. Besides this, the top 3 teams from Africa, America, Europe and Oceania will also qualify for the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup.

The last time, the Indian Women’s Hockey Team played against Malaysia was during the Women’s Hockey Asia Cup 2022. The Indian Women’s Hockey Team won by 9-0. Against Japan, they locked horns at the Women’s Hockey Asia Cup 2022. The Indian team went down 2-0. They faced Thailand last in the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy in Donghae, South Korea, where the Indian Women’s Team won by a margin of 13-0.

“There are some quality teams in the qualifiers, so we have to be at our best,” said Captain Navjot Kaur, before adding, “We cannot take anything for granted. We will take things slowly, try to play fluid attacking hockey and work hard to qualify for the 2024 FIH Hockey 5s World Cup. In every match, we will put our best foot forward. We will aim to be the best and finish first after working on our strengths and weaknesses over the last few months.”

Meanwhile, sharing her Captain’s sentiments, Vice-Captain Jyoti said, “Every team participating here wants to be the best. We understand what is at stake, and we will not take any team lightly. We’ve been putting in a lot of work in the gym. The preparations have been excellent, and our previous performances will boost the players’ confidence. We want to represent the country at the highest level in this format, and the players are eager to deliver.”

Women’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier will be live-streamed on

Schedule of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team:
On 25th August 2023, India vs Malaysia at 1530 hrs IST
On 26th August 2023, India vs Japan at 2130 hrs IST
On 27th August 2023, India vs Thailand at 1430 hrs IST 

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Odisha (India’s Best Kept Secret) – Major Team Partner

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HOCKEY INDIA (HI) is the governing body with exclusive mandate to direct and conduct all activities for both men and women’s hockey in India. It is recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India as the sole body responsible towards promoting Hockey in India.

Headquartered in New Delhi, Hockey India was established on 20th May, 2009 and is affiliated to the International Hockey Federation (FIH), the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

Committed to the development of Hockey in the country, Hockey India with the assistance of Sports Authority of India and Department of Sports, Government of India, trains players at sub-junior, junior and senior level. The governing body engages in Coaching the coaches with International Standard certification programs, educates and equips technical officials and umpires to find a foothold in international arena, provides world-class infrastructure and International exposure for the players besides regular international competition. Hockey India has also pioneered in bringing top International hockey events to India such as the FIH Men’s World Cup in 2010 and 2018, FIH Champions Trophy in 2014, FIH Junior Men’s World Cup in 2016 and 2021, FIH Hockey World League Final in 2017. With its vision to popularize the game and constantly promote it, Hockey India brought the Indian Men’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world. Hockey India is also dedicated to getting the Indian Women’s Hockey Team into the top three in the world.

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Odisha – the Eastern State of India – is known for its love for Hockey and over the years it has evolved to be the Global Hub of Hockey. The State successfully hosted the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018, followed by the FIH Men’s Series Finals Bhubaneswar Odisha, FIH Olympic Qualifiers Odisha, and FIH Hockey Pro League 2020-21. Odisha has previously hosted the Champions Trophy 2014 and the Odisha Men’s Hockey World League Final Bhubaneswar 2017. Odisha also hosted the FIH Men’s Hockey Junior World Cup in 2021.

Kalinga Lancers, the team owned by the State, were the winners in the Hockey India League 2017. Taking a step further towards realising the dream of restoring the glory of Indian Hockey at the global level, the State is sponsoring the Indian Hockey Teams till 2033.

Odisha also hosted the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023.

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