Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams have been handed fairly easy draws in FIH Olympic Qualifiers after the draw involved 14 teams was held at the headquarters of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) in Lausanne, Switzerland on Monday.
The men’s team will be up against Russia, ranked 22nd in the world, while the women’s team will face the United States of America who have an FIH ranking of 13.
The men’s team had registered a 10-0 win over Russia when they last played against them during the FIH Series Final in Bhubaneswar earlier this year. The Russian team, on the other hand, had won 12-1 against Uzbekistan, 3-2 against Poland and lost a close 1-2 match against South Africa in the knockout stage.
The women’s team played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw against the USA in their previous meeting at the Women’s World Cup, however, Sjoerd Marijne stated that the side is well-prepared and excited to play the Olympic Qualifiers at home.
The FIH Hockey Olympic qualifiers will each feature two nations playing two back-to-back matches, with nations drawn to play each other based on their rankings at the end of the last 2018-2019 continental championship.