Oman, 26th August, 2023: The Indian Women’s Hockey Team recorded a 7-1 win against Japan in Salalah, Oman, on Saturday at the Women’s Asian Hockey 5s World Cup Qualifier. For India, Mahima Choudhary (7’, 30’), Akshata Dhekale (8’), Mariana Kujur (12’), Jyoti (23’), Monika Dipi Toppo (27’), and Ajmina Kujur (30’) were on target. For Japan, Risa Nakasechi (9’) was on target.

Riding high on confidence following their first match win, India started the match aggressively right from the start as in-form Mahima Choudhary opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the game. A minute later, India doubled their lead through Akshata Dhekale (8’) scoring a fine field goal. However, Japan pulled one back through Risa Nakasechi (9’). India then quickly counterattacked and extended their lead through Mariana Kujur (12′). At the end of the first half, India were leading Japan by 3-1.

Both teams came out firing in the second half, making some threatening moves in front of each other’s goal but falling short to convert their chances. Jyoti made it 4-1 for India in the 23rd minute. Monika Dipi Toppo (27′) scored with three minutes remaining to make it 5-1 for India. Ajmina Kujur (30′) and Mahima Choudhary (30′) added two more goals to the tally in the final two minutes as the Indian Women’s Hockey Team won the match 7-1.

India will next take on Thailand on 27th August 2023, Sunday.

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

Schedule of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team:
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

Sports Authority of India (SAI)

Shiv Naresh 


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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