Eyeing glory, Indian hockey teams arrive in Rio for 2016 Olympic Games

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Eyeing glory, Indian hockey teams arrive in Rio for 2016 Olympic Games

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Press Release

07/30/2016

Eager and determined to put up a top-notch performance at the 2016 Olympic Games, the Indian men and women’s hockey teams arrived in Rio earlier this morning (local time).While the men’s team traveled from Madrid after playing friendly matches against Spain, the women’s team arrived from the USA .

The excitement and anxiousness was palpable among the women led by promising young Captain Sushila Chanu. The Hockey India women’s team features in Pool B and will play against Argentina, Australia, Great Britain, and Japan. “After a series of losses in England and Australia in the lead up to the Olympic Games, the wins in the USA has helped us in gaining the confidence we needed ahead of the Rio Olympics,” said Chanu.

This is our first Olympic Games and we are aware that our performance here will help the future generation of women to take up the sport and excel. We are looking forward to putting up a good show and our aim is to make the quarterfinals first."

Sushila Chanu

“This is our first Olympic Games and we are aware that our performance here will help the future generation of women to take up the sport and excel. We are looking forward to putting up a good show and our aim is to make the quarterfinals first,” a confident Chanu added further.

Also, read : India women's hockey skipper Sushila Chanu opens up about captaincy and the Olympics

Meanwhile, the men’s team riding high on their recent exploits in the FIH Champions Trophy in London, where the PR Sreejesh-led squad won a historic Silver medal, is vying to get the better of some of the top teams in their pool. On arrival, Captain and goalkeeper of the Indian Hockey Team, PR Sreejesh said, “Our first priority is to beat some of the top teams in our pool including Germany, Argentina, and Netherlands. Though we have beaten each of these teams in the past or have come close to beating Germany in the Champions Trophy recently, the Olympic Games is a different ball game and we need to put up something extraordinary and special to excel against them.”

Obviously, we are here to win a medal. But to do that, we need to take it match-by-match. We will not take any match lightly, be it Ireland (the first team we play), Canada or the defending Olympic Champions Germany. We will play each match like it is our last."

PR Sreejesh

The captain further stated that every match will be crucial and their first goal is to make the quarterfinals. “Obviously, we are here to win a medal. But to do that, we need to take it match-by-match. We will not take any match lightly, be it Ireland (the first team we play), Canada or the defending Olympic Champions Germany. We will play each match like it is our last,” stated the goalkeeper.

Also, read : PR Sreejesh: Goalkeeping is a thankless job

The Indian men’s team will play Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Ireland and Canada in their pool ‘B’ matches and will need to be in the top four in the pool to make it to the quarterfinals.

Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans expressed the team’s eagerness to compete in the greatest tournament on the planet. “This is the first Olympics for most of the boys in the team and naturally they have butterflies in their stomach but this bunch knows how to handle pressure in big-ticket matches. This moment that we have been working on for so many months and years is finally here and I am confident that this team has it in them to create history. This is the time for them to peak and I am sure they are ready for it,” he concluded.   

The men’s team will take on Ireland on August 6, 2016 at 19:30 IST in their first match while the women begin their campaign against Japan on August 7, 2016 at 19:30 IST. All matches will be broadcasted Live on Star Sports, Star Sports HD and DD National.

Report Courtesy : © Hockey India media

Men’s Team Schedule

Date

Day

Match

Time (IST)

August 6, 2016

Saturday

India vs Ireland

19:30

August 8, 2016

Monday

Germany vs India

19:30

August 9, 2016

Tuesday

Argentina vs India

19:30

August 11, 2016

Thursday

Netherlands vs India

18:30

August 12, 2016

Friday

India vs Canada

21:00

Women’s Team Schedule

Date

Day

Match

Time (IST)

August 7, 2016

Sunday

Japan vs India 

19:30

August 9, 2016

Tuesday

India vs Great Britain

02:30

August 10, 2016

Wednesday

India vs Australia

19:30

August 12, 2016

Friday

USA vs India

04:00

August 13, 2016

Saturday

Argentina vs India 

18:30

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