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.
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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.