The Indian men and women’s teams left for Lausanne, Switzerland within the early hours on Wednesday to take part within the inaugural version of the FIH Hockey5s Lausanne 2022, scheduled to be held from June 4 to five.
While the men’s workforce is about to play in opposition to Malaysia, Pakistan, Poland and Switzerland, the women’s aspect will face South Africa, Uruguay, Poland and Switzerland within the round-robin stage.
The prime two teams will sq. off within the last on June 5.
The Rajani Etimarpu-led Indian women’s workforce will tackle Uruguay within the opening match on June 4, adopted by a match in opposition to Poland on the identical day. They will then sq. off in opposition to hosts Switzerland and South Africa, respectively on June 5.
“Hockey5s will be a different ball game altogether. Our skills, speed and everything will be tested. It will be challenging for sure, but I think it will really exciting format to play,” Rajani mentioned in a Hockey India (HI) launch.
“We’ve got a couple of players in the team who are acquainted with this format, and we’ve had good preparations at the camp. We are looking forward to representing our country in the inaugural edition of the Hockey5s.”
Meanwhile, the Indian men’s workforce led by Gurinder Singh, will play their opening match in opposition to hosts Switzerland, adopted by a recreation in opposition to Pakistan on the opening day. They will then face Malaysia and Poland respectively on June 5.
“It’s a fast-paced and challenging format. Many of our players have played this format before at the Youth Olympics, so we are confident of doing well,” Gurinder mentioned.
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