India teamed up with higher-ranked Germany in the women’s hockey Olympic qualifier

The Indian women’s hockey team faces a tough task as they have been paired with world No. 5 Germany in the FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers to be held in Ranchi from January 13 to 19. At No. 6, India are the second-best side in the India leg of the Olympic qualifiers, with the other teams being New Zealand (9th), Japan (11th), Chile (14th), USA (15th), Italy (19th) and the Czech Republic (25th).

The other eight teams set to battle for Olympic berths in Valencia, Spain include Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Korea, Ireland, Canada, Malaysia and Ukraine.

The men’s qualifiers will be held in Muscat and Valencia.

The eight men’s teams that will feature in Muscat are Great Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Canada, Chile and China, while Belgium, Spain, Korea, Ireland, Japan, Austria, Egypt and Ukraine will play in Valencia.

The 16 teams per gender has been divided into two groups.

The men’s and women’s teams have been divided into two groups based on their world rankings at the end of all continental championships.

Following the conclusion of hockey events at the Pan American Games and the African Hockey Road to Paris 2024, five men’s and women’s teams have now secured direct spots at next year’s Paris Olympics as continental champions, in addition to hosts France.

The teams that finish in the top three of each of the four Olympic qualifiers will seal their berths in the Paris Games.

The Indian men’s team has already qualified for the Paris Games after winning gold at this year’s Asian Games in Hangzhou.

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