With their latest win, India’s women’s hockey team has moved a step closer towards their dream of playing at the Olympics. The team beat Italy by 5-4 at the women’s Hockey World League Semifinals.
India’s Olympic qualification dream is still alive as the our women’s hockey team, or the Indian hockey eves, won the shoot-out in a qualification match during the women’s Hockey World League Semifinals, at the KHC Dragons Stadium.
They beat Italy by 5-4 . This happened in the shoot-out of the first play-off match for the fifth to eighth positions, after both the teams got locked at 1-1 in the end of the designated 60 minutes game.
This was an important match as the team had failed to secure their position in the tournament during the other matches that were played recently. It was a good opportunity as Italy, at its 16th place, ranks lower than India which is stationed at 13 in the league. The tournament offers three Olympic spots, hence a lot is at stake here.
This win permits India to move forward into the play-off for the fifth and sixth spot which is scheduled for July 4th where they will face either Belgium or Japan. A win in this league would have Indian Women’s hockey team as an entrant in the Olympics. The last time this happened, was in 1980.
It was a very close chase and India almost tied with Italy, but they emerged out as winners in the end. Let us hope the wins continue.