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Apply matches assist Olympic preparations for Argentina and India ladies
At a time when little or no worldwide sport is happening because of the ongoing battle in opposition to the COVID-19 international well being pandemic, a collection of pleasant matches between hosts Argentina and guests India – which will probably be stay streamed on the , extra particulars of which could be discovered under – seems like a constructive step ahead in direction of a doable return to normality. Considerably, it additionally supplies a beautiful alternative for 2 proficient and impressive groups to progress their preparations for what’s with out query their most essential competitors of the yr: July’s Olympic Video games in Tokyo, Japan.
India – who in Tokyo will compete in Pool A alongside reigning world champions the Netherlands, reigning Olympic gold medallists Nice Britain, Rio 2016 bronze medallists Germany, 2018 World Cup silver medallists Eire and African continental champions South Africa – have been following strict well being protocols since arriving in Argentina for his or her eight-match tour, their first away fixtures for nearly 12 months. On the time of writing, India head coach Sjoerd Marijne has witnessed his fees play a complete of 4 video games at Cenard in Buenos Aires, drawing twice Argentina’s Underneath-21 staff earlier than two slim defeats in opposition to the Argentina B staff.
“Within the third and fourth matches, Argentina performed with an skilled facet that had lately received in opposition to Australia ‘A’ and this was an ideal platform for our gamers to adapt to their stage”, mentioned coach Marijne. “Within the 4 matches [played so far], all of the gamers within the Indian core group obtained an opportunity to indicate their greatest. Within the upcoming 4 matches [against Las Leonas] we are going to subject our greatest facet to see what we are able to create in opposition to the World No.2 staff. There have been good learnings from these 4 matches, and I need to see how our principal staff performs in opposition to them,”
On 26th, 28th, 30th and 31st of January, Marijne’s staff have the chance to check themselves in opposition to one of many best sides on the planet. The contests in opposition to Las Leonas – who sit second within the FIH World Rankings in comparison with India’s ninth place – will definitely present Marijne with an excellent indication in regards to the stage at which India is presently working at, in addition to offering helpful perception into the steps that will must be taken within the essential months forward main into Tokyo 2020.
The fixtures are additionally vastly useful to Argentina coach Carlos Retegui, the person presently overseeing each the ladies’s and males’s worldwide groups. It’s a much-needed alternative for Argentina’s charismatic tactician to see a variety of his athletes in motion in opposition to a skilful and unpredictable India staff. Retegui will probably be decided to study as a lot about his expertise pool as doable, particularly within the mild of the current retirement of legendary attacker Carla Rebecchi.
For these ‘fringe’ gamers that performed for the Underneath-21s and Argentina B groups, the India matches supplied an opportunity to impress the coach and stake their declare to be chosen for Tokyo, the place Las Leonas have their sights set firmly on the goal of lastly securing that elusive Olympic gold medal following silvers on the Sydney 2000 and London 2012 Olympiads.
In Tokyo, Argentina will compete in Pool B in opposition to fellow FIH Hockey Professional League giants Australia, New Zealand and China, in addition to World Cup 2018 bronze medallists Spain and Japan, the hosts and the continental champions of Asia.
Can Las Leonas observe the fantastic success of their males’s staff at Rio 2016 by profitable gold in Japan? With six months to go, no stone will probably be left unturned within the quest to show that dream into actuality.
17 January: Argentina Underneath-21s 2-2 India
19 January: Argentina Underneath-21s 1-1 India
22 January: Argentina B 2-1 India
24 January: Argentina B 3-2 India
To be stay streamed on the Watch.Hockey App*
26 January: Argentina v India – 19.30 native time (UTC/GMT -3)
28 January: Argentina v India – 17.30
30 January: Argentina v India – 18.00
31 January: Argentina v India – 17.30
*In Argentina, the matches can be found on the.