Bhubaneshwar, Pretr. As the Indian junior hockey team takes on France in the first match of the Junior Hockey World Cup on Wednesday, its impetus to defend the title will be the senior team which created history by winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Indian senior men’s hockey team ended a 41-year wait and won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The eyes of the junior team will be on the third World Cup. The Junior Hockey World Cup is considered an important link to make a place in the senior hockey team. Nine players included in the team of Junior World Cup 2016 played in Tokyo Olympics. The members of the Vivek Sagar Prasad-led Indian team would like to grab the attention of the senior selectors with their performances.

He has benefited immensely from being with the senior players, practicing and playing matches before the tournament. Apart from senior players like Manpreet Singh and PR Sreejesh, India head coach Graham Reid has worked hard with the junior team which is coached by BJ Cariappa. The junior team has a captain who has played at the top level and won Olympic medals in the form of Arjuna awardee Prasad. Star drag-flicker Sanjay will be the vice-captain.

India has been placed in Pool B along with France, Canada and Poland. Belgium, Malaysia, Chile and South Africa are in Pool A while the Netherlands, Spain, Korea and USA are in Pool C. Germany, Pakistan, Egypt and Argentina are in Pool D. The top two teams from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals. India are among the top contenders for the title along with Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. All matches will be played at Kalinga Stadium without spectators. On the first day itself, Belgium will face South Africa, Malaysia will face Chile, Germany will face Pakistan and Canada will face Poland.

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India won the Junior Hockey World Cup in 2001 and then won the title in 2016 in Lucknow.

16 teams are participating in this tournament. In this, Australia and England withdrew their names from the tournament due to Corona restrictions.

India’s program

date, vs, time

November 24, France, from 8 pm

November 25, Canada, 7:30 p.m.

November 27, Poland, from 7:30 pm

Edited By: Sanjay Savern